Elections: NEC to unveil results from new capital

08Jan 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Elections: NEC to unveil results from new capital

RESULTS of this year’s general elections will be announced from Dodoma, a senior official of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said.

NEC director Dr Wilson Mahera

This follows the election body’s move to relocate to its new office complex in Dodoma.

NEC director Dr Wilson Mahera made this remark yesterday soon after inspecting the project’s construction progress of the new office.

He said NEC will have its offices at Njedengwa area where construction of an eight storey building is on-going under the National Service Construction Department—Suma JKT.

General elections will be held towards the end of October to elect the president, members of Parliament and ward councilors.

“We will be operating from Dodoma starting April. Results of the coming general elections will also be announced from Dodoma,” he said, flanked by the NEC Chairman, Judge (rtd) Semistocles Kaijage.

The project was previously under the Tanzania Building Agency (TBA) but the contractor couldn’t finish it on time, compelling the government to hand it over to Suma JKT, he said.

He said that Suma JKT is implementing the project in collaboration with Ardhi University (ARU), while the commission has already disbursed initial payments to the contractor.

“We are done with advance payment, and we are happy with the project implementation pace as Suma JKT has deployed over 300 youth in undertaking the construction job,” he pointed out.

JKT chief Brigadier-General Charles Mbuge has promised to closely supervise implementation of the project, slated for completion in three months time.

Suma JKT Project Engineer Lazaro Masanja said the decision to deploy over 300 youth to the Njendegwa project is an indication that the department is committed to complete the job in the set period.

Back n November, Prime Minister Kassim Mjaliwa visited the NEC project at Njendengwa where he sacked three top officials over laxity in supervising the project.

Those sacked were acting director for construction Humphrey Killo, acting project manager Abdallah Awadh and architect Hamis Kileo.

So far, a number of government institutions have settled in Dodoma including the Prime Minister’s Office, Vice President’s office and most ministries.

The United Nations (UN) became the first international organization operating in Tanzania to officially move its headquarters to Dodoma, back in December 2017.

Mid 2018, President John Magufuli opening doors to 67 embassies and international organizations to put up offices in the country’s capital. He handed over title deeds to accredited envoys as part of the government’s efforts to facilitate relocation of embassies to Dodoma.