After nine people were shot dead by security personnel on the eve of elections in the semi – independent archipelago and mainland Tanzania, according to his party, an opposition presidential nominee arrested in Zanzibar as he tried to cast his ballot in advanced voting was released.
In a declaration on Tuesday, the ACT-Wazalendo party stated that its Zanzibar presidential candidate, Seif Sharif Hamad,
was arrested at a voting place after planning to vote early. Later on the day that their leader was released, the party tweeted.
Eight killed on Pemba Island, it said, regarding conflict among security personnel and individuals wanting to prevent the military
delivering ballot boxes on Monday that they suspected contained post-ticked ballots and it further told reporters that since Monday, nine people were shot dead by security personnel.
ACT-Wazalendo stated that the started firing tear gas at the protesters and “resorted to
live ammunition” afterwards. Simon Sirro, the Tanzanian police chief,
told reporters that some youths were apprehended in the altercation.
“Yesterday … when we were unloading ballot boxes, there were youths who started violence; they began throwing stones,” he added on Tuesday.
The police stated that they didn’t have any data on any deaths.
Since 1995, Hamad, a first former vice president for Zanzibar, has been ineffectually running for the archipelago’s top position.
He is regarded by Tanzania’s governing CCM party as the main contender against front-runner Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
Every vote since the emergence of full democracy in 1995, international monitors have
often approved and Hamad insists, has been taken away from him.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli is broadly anticipated to win over his main rival, Tundu Lissu, and maintain another five-year term,
whose government is suspected of maligning political opposition and independent press, false allegations officials refuse to accept, on the mainland.
A few other Tanzanians confirmed disturbance on the eve of the election when trying to enter social media websites-accounts
stated by Twitter and NetBlocks Internet blockage monitor, which reported significant problems.
With a multicultural inhabitants of Arabs, Asians and Africans, ethnic and political conflicts are more pronounced in Zanzibar than on the mainland.
The archipelago entered Tanganyika in 1964 to form Tanzania, and since then, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party of Tanzania has been in power.
“The colonisers [mainland] have oppressed us enough, so take this election very seriously … we are ready to die for Zanzibar,” Hamad, 77, told journalists during his final Sunday campaign rally.
In January 2001, after a refuted election, at least 30 individuals were murdered in conflicts between police and opposition fans.
Polls were also hampered by clashes in 2005.
Divisions were rapidly restored and the head of the electoral commission canceled the vote explicitly in 2015, but in 2010,
a political agreement enabling more power-sharing spurred to peaceful elections.
The rerun was closed down by the opposing party in 2016 and the CCM party was confirmed the winner.