The ruling CCM’s National Executive Committee has cut the number of Special Seats in the National Assembly reserved for women representing the party from each region in the country from three to two.
John Chiligati, the party’s Publicity Secretary, announced the changes at an evening press conference here yesterday.
He said this follows the recent rise in the number of regions in the country from 26 to 29, while the number of Special Seats the party ought to get remains unchanged.
He added that the powerful committee reached the decision at a meeting here earlier yesterday and that the aim was to ensure that each region was fully represented in the National Assembly.
Following the changes, the total number of Special Seats reserved for women representing CCM from the regions will now total 58. But the party is eligible for another 20 seats from a common pool, two for its women’s wing (UWT), two for NGOs representing women, two for the Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (Tucta), three for women academics, three for women with disabilities, and ten for women youth. This comes to a total 100 seats.
Chiligati also announced that the party has received 163 complaints from its members in connection with alleged violations of election regulations. He mentioned some of reported violations as suspicious distribution of CCM membership cards, corruption, use of abusive language in election campaigns and favouritism.