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Ethiopia To Hold Postponed Elections Before September 20212 minutes read



Ethiopia will hold its postponed general elections within the next one year following the East African country’s parliament approval.

The House of Peoples’ Representatives approved a resolution which recommends conducting the sixth national elections, re-opening of schools, undertaking of sport games as well as celebrating public holidays.

The general elections were postponed indefinitely due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But after the Ethiopian Parliament’s resolution on Tuesday, the elections is expected to be held before September 2021.

Ethiopia’s year began on 11 September.

Parliament passed the resolution during an extraordinary session on Tuesday. One MP voted against the resolution and eight abstained.

Ethiopia has extended the date for its parliamentary elections twice already, first due to threats of violence and instability and then because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The northern region of Tigray went ahead to hold elections that were deemed “null and void” by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s federal government.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) won over 98% of the vote in the regional elections.

Its leader, Debretsion Gebremichael, termed the election as “historic” and a determination of the fate of the region.

He said Tigray was enjoying some calm for standing its ground and holding the election.

Meanwhile, the parliament on Tuesday also approved the appointment of several key ministers and judicial officers.

The House of Peoples’ Representatives, the lower chamber of Ethiopia’s parliament, endorsed the appointments of Kenea Yadeta as defense minister, Gedion Timothewos as attorney general, Takele Umma as minister of mines and petroleum, and Samuel Hurkato as minister of science and higher education minister.

Lawmakers approved the candidates, nominated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last month, with a majority vote during an emergency session.

They also greenlit the appointment of 40 judges to the Federal High Court and 50 judges to the Federal First Instance Court, according to local broadcaster Fana.

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Tanzania Election: Mwinyi Becomes 8th President of Zanzibar



The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s presidential candidate in Zanzibar, Hussein Mwinyi, has won the presidency of the semi-autonomous state, beating 14 other candidates.

Mwinyi polled 76.27 per cent of the vote which was equivalent to 380,402 votes.

His rival Maalim Seif Sharif of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT) was arrested while trying to vote on Tuesday before being released hours later.

Mr Mwinyi is the son of Ali Hassan Mwinyi who served as the second President of the United Republic of Tanzania from 1985 to 1995.

Zanzibar has a history of contested polls, including in 2015 when they were annulled for not being free and fair. The opposition boycotted the re-run and the CCM party’s candidate was declared the winner.

Ali Mohammed Shein is now stepping down after serving two five-year terms in office.

Zanzibar had 566,352 registered voters with 498,786 turning up at the polling stations on Wednesday October 28, a number that was equivalent to 88.07 per cent.

Mwinyi becomes the eighth President of Zanzibar since the revolution in 1964.

He has called on all the other contestants to come together to build one Zanzibar because as citizens they will need each other to build a prosperous Zanzibar.

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Tanzania Elections: Chadema Says Won’t Accept Results As Locked Out Observers Preach Transparency



Tundu Lissu, the presidential candidate of the Party for Democracy and Progress, otherwise known as Chadema, has said he will not accept the results of Wednesday’s general election due to voting irregularities.

Lissu alleges that there were widespread irregularities and his agents were prevented from accessing polling stations.

Chadema, the main opposition party in Tanzania, also said there were irregularities in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, where unrest marred early voting on 27 October.

The main opposition candidate in Zanzibar, Maalim Seif Sharif, has been arrested.

Meanwhile, a panel of election observers who were not allowed into Tanzania has urged electoral bodies there to ensure transparency when announcing the winning candidates.

This follows complaints that Tanzanian opposition parties were denied from observing voting in some polling stations.

Tanzania Elections Watch, which is composed of representatives from civil rights groups, has also expressed concern at the deployment of the military in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar.

“We are concerned that the incidents reported so far in the process bear questions on the credibility of the electoral process,” it said in a statement.

The authorities in Tanzania only allowed delegations from the East Africa Community, the African Union and Southern African Development Community to monitor the elections.

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Tanzania Elections: Chadema’s Party Chairman Loses Parliamentary Seat



Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of the Party for Democracy and Progress, commonly known as Chadema, has lost his parliamentary seat in the Hai constituency of the Kilimanjaro region as results from the Tanzania general elections trickle in.

Saasisha Mafuwe, the candidate of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) translated as Party of the Revolution, won 89,786 votes while Mbowe won 27,684.

There have been concerns over the credibility of the election results – voiced first by Chadema who’ve alleged irregularities, and now by Tanzania Elections Watch which was barred from observing.

Other constituencies where results have been announced include Moshi mjini (urban) where CCM’s Raymond Mboya has 31,169 while Chadema’s Priscus Tarimo won 22,555 votes.

Mbeya constituency results show CCM’s Tulia Akson leading with 75,225 votes while Chadema’s Joseph Mbilinyi has 37, 591.

In Jombe mjini, CCM’s Deodatus Mwanyika has 29,553 votes while Chadema’s Emmanuel Masonga has 5,940.

In Mtwara vijijini (rural) constituency Shamsia Mtamba of CUF party got 26,262 while CCM’s Hawa Ghasia has 18,505 votes.

CCM’s Ramadhan Sima won 23,220 votes while Chadema’s Rehema Nkoha won 15,467 in Singida mjini constituency.

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