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Chadema wants review of Electoral legislation

19th December 2012
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Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) national chairman Freeman Mbowe briefs journalists on a recent party’s Central Committee meeting, in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Left is Chadema secretary general Dr Wilbroad Slaa. (Photo: Tryphone Mweji)

Opposition, Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) has appealed to the government to ensure that the ongoing constitution review process  goes hand in hand with the amendment of the  National Election Act and National Electoral  Commission Act of 1985.

“The laws formed during the single party system yet they now govern a multi-party system…we need to update our elections laws before the next general election…” Freeman Mbowe, Chadema’s National Chairman raised the concern yesterday at a press conference held in Dar es Salaam.

During the briefing which was done at the end of the party’s Central Committee meeting held on December 15th and 16th in Dar es Salaam, Mbowe suggested that while the constitution review committee under the leadership of retired Judge Joseph Warioba carries on with its task, the government should meanwhile start working on some laws which according to the opposition leader, will directly be affected by the on going constitutional changes.

“Having a new constitution is a process…” he explained “…so while the government set to complete the new constitution in two years…before the next general election, then the same should hold for amendment of outdated laws…” he adviced.

He complained that Chadema is unsure as to the time constraints barring them to commence with campaigns for the forthcoming general election in 2015 this allegedly because there is no law currently that governance the matter.

The Chadema leader also claimed that, the current Election and Electro Commission act are biased because for one, according to him, the chairman for the National Electro Committee is appointed by the president which is a conflict of interest.
 “With changes of the law…then parties can safely conduct their campaigns to secure free and fair election in 2015…” noted the leader.

He also further advocated for the formation of a judicial committee on the killings of innocent people by the police force and in the same statement accused government of failing to present tangible report on the incidence that saw a channel ten journalist killed.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN