Editors’ Forum wants October voting run, counting all televised

13Jul 2020
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Editors’ Forum wants October voting run, counting all televised

​​​​​​​The Tanzania Editors’ Forum (TEF) has called on the government to allow live coverage of October general election by independent media to enable transparency in the conduct of the polls.

Deodatus Balile.

This follows the ruling party decision to broadcast live its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Dodoma at the weekend which voted for the party’s presidential candidates for the Union and Zanzibar.

Citing the transparent nature of the party’s event, TEF now wants the government through the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to emulate CCM.

In an official letter TEF addressed to President John Magufuli, the forum praised the party chairman for the historic transparency during the just ended presidential candidates nomination meeting of NEC.

TEF said President Magufuli set history in ensuring the ruling party’s nomination process was open and transparent.

The incumbent president returns as CCM flag-bearer for the 2020 Union presidency, while Dr Hussein Mwinyi will now run for the Zanzibar presidency,  upon retirement of current Isles Head of State, Dr Ali Mohammed Shein.

The Dodoma polls leading to confirmation of the two contenders were broadcast live through mainstream television stations, where the Editors’ Forum letter delivered by acting chairman Deodatus Balile, said CCM had shown the way for polls transparency.

“We would like to congratulate the party chairman, Dr John Magufuli for allowing members of the press to cover the CCM elections without hindrance, thus enabling the historic polls to be witnessed by the entire country,” reads part of the TEF letter, circulated to the media yesterday.

The Editors’ Forum asserted that the transparency displayed at the CCM-NEC meeting in Dodoma should be the case in the forthcoming elections, underlining that the same sentiment should be exercised for the polls event in three months’ time.

Tanzania will be conducting its general elections this year, with presidential, parliamentary and ward level seats up for grabs to all potential runners representing various parties including the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM); Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA); Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT –Wazalendo), Tanzania Labour Party (TLP) and NCCR-Mageuzi, among others.