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The National Electoral Commission of Tanzania has announced that the country will hold general elections on October 28 2020 to vote for the president and local leaders.
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Chairman Kaijage Semistockles while speaking to the press in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday announced that campaigns for both the presidential and parliamentary elections will run for a period of two months, starting on August 26 and climaxing on October 27.
“The general election will be held on Wednesday, October 28.”Kaijage
However, for the first time, the general elections will be held on a weekday after religious institutions called for the change of day do that the prayers on the weekend can get the respect they deserve.
Traditionally, Tanzanians vote on the last Sunday of October every five years, which happens to be October 25 this year. According to the election timetable, nominations for presidential candidates and their running mates will be held on August 25.
Tanzania under the leadership of John Pombe Magufuli has come under scrutiny due to how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic. This did not stop the president, Magufuli John from declaring the country COVID free.
Incumbent, John Magufuli has expressed his interest to stand for re-election into office it will not be a surprise if he uses the country’s recent recognition into the middle-income status to justify his bid.