Zanzibar president declared winner in election re-run

March 21, 2016 2:40 pm
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A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Stone Town, Zanzibar/AFP
A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Stone Town, Zanzibar/AFP

, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Mar 21 – Election officials in Zanzibar on Monday declared incumbent President Ali Mohamed Shein the winner of a weekend poll in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands.

Shein, of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, welcomed the announcement, a day after the presidential and legislative vote which was boycotted by the opposition.

Overview
  • Sunday's presidential and legislative elections were a re-run of October polls that were cancelled by the ZEC over fraud allegations.
  • Shein won just over 91 percent of the vote, according to Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman Jecha Salim Jecha.

“I am prepared to serve Zanzibaris for another five years. Let’s work together,” said Shein, who has been in power since 2010 and is due to be sworn in again on Thursday.

Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections were a re-run of October polls that were cancelled by the ZEC over fraud allegations.

Shein won just over 91 percent of the vote, according to Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman Jecha Salim Jecha.

Shein won 299,982 votes against just 6,076 — or 1.9 percent — for his main rival Seif Sharif Hamad of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF), which boycotted the poll.

Hamad was first vice president in the unity government that ruled Zanzibar from 2010 but said he would not participate in any future administration.

Almost 68 percent of Zanzibar’s 503,000 registered voters turned out on Sunday, according to the ZEC.

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