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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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The leader of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema, Tundu Lissu has said that he will not accept the results of Wednesday’s general election.

He has alleged that there were voting irregularities and fraud in Wednesday’s general election.

The head of the National Elections Commission, Semistocles Kaijage has however rejected those claims, saying there was no evidence to that.

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

“Whatever happened yesterday (Wednesday) was not an election,” Tundu Lissu told journalists in the main city Dar es Salaam.

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In another interview quoted by the AFP Lissu said “We didn’t have an election last night based on international best practice and by Tanzanian laws. It’s a gang that has decided to stay in power by hook or by crook.”

Wednesday’s vote was the sixth multi party general election held in Tanzania.

More than 29 million people registered to vote in the election which featured 15 presidential candidates including two women.

Incumbent President John Magufuli and opposition candidate Tundu Lissu are the main contenders.

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Mr. Magufuli is seeking a second term in office with rights groups accusing him of restricting democratic freedoms during his first term in office.


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