Dr Shein calls for NEC, ZEC cooperation

13Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dr Shein calls for NEC, ZEC cooperation

​​​​​​​ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein has called for cooperation and urged the public to respect the roles, responsibilities and decisions of the National Electoral Commissions for both in the mainland and Isles considering that the two institutions operate in accordance with the-

Dr Ali Mohamed Shein

-country’s laws and constitution.

Speaking during the climax of Law Day commemoration,  Dr Shein said that every civilian has a role to ensure that he/she respects functions of the elections bodies in Isles and Tanzania mainland.

“It vital for all of us to ensure that we avoid committing actions against laws and regulations placed by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for our country’s development,” he said.

Dr Shein urged everyone who is eligible to participate in elections, to exercise their rights by understanding that it is one of the fundamentals for good governance and democracy.

He however wanted supervising elections matters as well as the safety and security bodies to excise their power by ensuring that all people are safe throughout the elections period.

“We should all ensure that we conduct peaceful campaigns as per our elections rules and regulations…there should be no conflict, hatred, violence, tribalism, racism in our campaigns…The government will be there and it will not hesitate to take stern measures to those who will be seen breaching peace,” he added.

The Isles’ president further urged political parties leaders to adhere to their roles by ensuring that their followers respect democratic rule and good governance.

Dr Shein also urged members of law institutions to play their part in promoting human rights and rule of law in the country.

According to him, the government has been doing all on its power to strengthen public institutions to prosper and   access to rights among people and promote good governance.

“I have been strengthening efforts to ensure that peace is maintained in our country, and throughout my tenure as national leader, I have worked to ensure that I respect court freedom by recognizing that it is  one of the key pillar of democracy and good governance,” he further noted.

Zanzibar Chief Justice Omar Othman Makungu also said that in various elections tenures, Zanzibar has maintained peace and democracy urging the general public to continue maintaining it as it is an importance aspects of development.

“We should not allow the multiparty system to breach our peace, so everyone has to make sure he/she fulfills an important role of maintaining peace by adhering to the country’s laws,” he added.

Makungu said that the judiciary department is well prepared to bring major changes in the next five years which includes improving service provision to its people.

For his part, minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs Khamis Juma Mwalimu urged civilians to continue respecting the country’s laws considering that there is no one who is above the law.

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