European Union sidelines Zanzibar over annulment of poll
Saturday June 4 2016
Election officials count votes at a polling station during polls rerun in Stone Town, Zanzibar on March 20, 2016. AFP PHOTO | DANIEL HAYDUK
The European Union has taken a decision to maintain minimal contact with the government of Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed Shein, citing the decision of the Zanzibar Electoral commission (ZEC) to annul the October 2015 election results without providing evidence to justify its “unprecedented decision.”
Both the Union and Zanzibar elections were contested and largely well managed. However, the mainland’s National Electoral Commission and the ZEC did not provide full transparency on their decision-making processes.