Tensions rise in Tanzania as ruling party takes early lead
Monday October 26 2015
Election workers prepare to count ballots after Tanzania's General Election using an electric lamp to light the space at a polling station in Dar es Salaam on October 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO | DANIEL HAYDUK
An opposition candidate in Zanzibar unilaterally declared himself the winner of the island’s presidential election and security agents arrested 191 people during a night raid on opposition tally centres amidst rising tensions as results of Tanzania’s most competitive election since Independence started trickling in.
The official tally released so far by Monday evening were from marginal constituencies and likely to change when results from bigger regions come in. Some 23 million Tanzanians were registered to vote and more than half of all voters live in nine major regions of the country, none of which was yet to report fully by press time.