Jopo hili limetambua kwa masikitiko kuhusu kuendelea kuzuiliwa kwa viongozi mbali mbali wa vyama vya siasa kote nchini Tanzania.Taarifa za kukamatwa viongozi wengi wa upinzani Tanzania bara na Zanzibar ni ishara ya ukiukaji haki za kibinadamu na kuvunjwa mikataba ya kimataifa kuhusu haki nchini humo.
The Panel notes with concern the continued detention of various leaders of political parties throughout Tanzania. Reports of the arrests of many leaders, reported mainly by opposition political parties in both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, point to a declining respect for civil liberties in Tanzania in contravention of national and international law.
The Panel is appalled by the arrest and later release of Chadema’s Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu designed to suppress the peaceful expression of grievances arising from the outcome of the elections. The Panel calls on the Tanzania government to immediately release other opposition leaders being held for unspecified reasons
Statement by Tanzania Elections Watch Panel on Observations made during the Election Day in Tanzania
The Panel would like to take this opportunity to commend the willingness of the people of
Tanzania to take part in the electoral process which is a testament to their commitment to a participatory democracy as stipulated in Article 3 and 8 of the United Republic of Tanzania constitution. The Panel expressed concern about recent events and reports observed during the election day which dampen the credibility of the electoral process
Pre-Election Statement by the Tanzania Elections Watch Panel ahead of the General Elections on 28 October 2020
The Panel is, however, deeply concerned over reports of escalating tension in Zanzibar on the eve of the polls. Reports of killings, brutality and harassment by state security forces in both Unguja and Pemba
underlie a worrying trend. There are legitimate concerns that the heavy police and army deployment across Zanzibar is intimidating residents and creating fear and despondency that could deter voters from turning out. We deplore the excessive force used by Police in responding to protesters by tear-gassing and other callous acts in Zanzibar.
A letter to the Director General of Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority Calling for Non-Interference in the General Elections in the United Republic of Tanzania.
We appreciate the critical role of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) as an important stakeholder in the elections and urge the authority to exercise its mandate with maximum impartiality as a quasi-independent government regulator. We appreciate the critical role of the TCRA in enabling or limiting the free exchange of information during this crucial democratic moment and wish to implore you to adhere to international best standards for such regulations as enshrined in the African Commission’s Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa.
A Letter to Zanzibar Electoral Commission Calling for Preparations for Free, Fair and Credible Elections in Zanzibar
We call upon you to exercise your mandate in ensuring that, the elections are free, fair and credible. In particular, we call upon the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure that the elections are conducted in a manner that inspires public confidence and that the voting, results tallying and transmission process is, transparent and accountable as prescribed in numerous international treaties, to which Tanzania is party to. We observed the conduct of the commission especially in the disqualification of candidates before this election, which raised concerns on the impartiality of the ZEC. We have noted complaints by the stakeholders of the elections regarding the Permanent Voters Register (PVR). We also note with concern, questions raised over the credibility of the voters’ register…
A Letter to the National Electoral Commission of Tanzania Calling for Free, Fair and Credible Elections in the Republic of Tanzania in line with international law and norms
We would like to raise our concern that the conduct of the commission so far (going to the elections), does not pass the basic tests, of an independent and impartial election management body, as set out in several international treaties and standards, to which Tanzania is a party to. The standards are set out in the SADC Principles and Guidelines for the conduct of Democratic Elections, as well as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. The disqualification of candidates at both the parliamentary and councilor levels, raised concerns on the integrity, impartiality and transparency of the electoral body.
Tanzania Elections Watch Panel Concerned over Growing Suppression of Freedom of Movement, Expression and Access to Information Ahead of General Election
The Panel has noted with concern the increasing Police intimidation of the Opposition which violates their rights of movement and expression and also curtails the right of voters to access information. In the past week, the Police intercepted Chadema presidential candidate Mr. Tundu Lissu’s convoy on its way to Kibaha, Coast region. In Hai constituency, the district head of police was caught on video telling the parliamentary candidate Mr. Freeman Mbowe that he would not win the elections in his constituency. While we commend the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro for his stated commitment to take disciplinary action on the police officer…
Statement by Tanzania Election Watch Panel of Eminent Persons on Rising Incidents of Violence Across Ahead of the General Election
Over the past week, incidences of violence involving political parties, citizens and security organs have been reported in various parts of the country. Some of the major incidents include:
a. On 18 September 2020, Chadema reported that its councilor candidate for Kibosho, Moshi Rural constituency, in Kilimanjaro region, Gallus Chuwa was abducted by unknown people and forced to announce that he was withdrawing from the elections;
Jopo la Watu Mashuhuri la Uangalizi wa Uchaguzi Mkuu Tanzania (TEW) Kuhusu Changamoto za Kisheria Katika Kuandaa Uchaguzi wa Huru na Haki Tanzania
Jopo hili linatambua kuwa Tume ya Uchaguzi (NEC) mnamo tarehe 5 Juni 2020, ilichapisha Kanuni mbili za uchaguzi ambazo ni, Kanuni kuhusu uchaguzi wa serikali za mitaa (uchaguzi wa madiwani) ya mwaka 2020 pamoja na Kanuni ya uchaguzi mkuu (uchaguzi wa rais na ubunge) ya mwaka Uchapishaji wa kanuni hizi ni katika kutimiza majukumu ya tume ya uchaguzi NEC kwa mujibu wa sheria ya uchaguzi mkuu (kifungu cha 343). Jopo hili pia linatambua hatua ya kuidhinishwa sheria ya mwaka 2018 ya uchaguzi ya Zanzibar iliyopelekea marakebisho ya sheria ya awali.
Tanzania Election Watch Panel on the Legal Hurdles for the attainment of a Free and Fair election in Tanzania
The Panel notes that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on 5 June, 2020 published two sets of election regulations i.e. the Local Authorities (Councilors’ Elections) Regulations, 2020) and the National Elections (Presidential and Parliamentary Elections) Regulations, 2020. The publication of these regulations is the functions of NEC as an electoral body and guided by the National Elections Act (CAP 343). The panel also notes the enactment in 2018 of the Zanzibar Elections Act with notable amendments to the preceding law.