Civic polls roll brings in 68 per cent of voters

16Oct 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Civic polls roll brings in 68 per cent of voters

SOME 15.5 million Tanzanians out of an estimated 22.9 million eligible voters have already registered to vote in the civic polls slated for next month, equal to 68 per cent,

Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Selemani Jafo.

The Minister of State in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments), Selemani Jafo said yesterday that Coast region leads with 473,639 registered voters, which is 80 per cent of its total estimated voters.

It is followed by Dar es Salaam with 2,064,820 (77 per cent) and Tanga with 823,194 (76 per cent).

Other regions that have done well with over 60 per cent registration rate are Mtwara with 530,523 registered voters, Lindi (353,649) and Iringa (381,134).

“This is a result of a sustained sensitization campaign carried out by regional commissioners, district commissioners and other officials at the grassroots level,” he said, noting that the figures are as of early Tuesday.

On the other hand regions with a much slower pace in the exercise are Kilimanjaro with 446,954 (48 per cent), Kigoma with 555,856 (53 per cent) and Arusha with 551,614 (59 per cent).

Jafo mentioned Mpanda, Mlele, Kibiti, Ngorongoro, Songwe and Mbozi districts as having registered up to 95 per cent of the targeted voters.

On the other hand, Moshi municipality,  Arusha City, Msimbo, Kigoma, Mbeya City and Musoma districts had registered voters below 50 per cent.

“I appeal to regional, district, ward as well as village leaders to continue sensitizing citizens to register in the three days that have been added for the exercise,” he said.

The minister also warned against multiple registrations, saying that legal action will be taken against those who intend to vote more than once. He asked security organs to be alert and take legal action in case of such attempts.

He reminded the public that multiple registration and voting more than once is a criminal offence, punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year or a fine of 300,000/- or both.

“Voters are free to go through the register in their areas and if they notice that someone has registered more than once, they should report them to authorities for legal action,” he emphasized.

The registration exercise which started on October 8th is slated to wind down tomorrow.

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