Jafo sets stage for civic poll

24Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Jafo sets stage for civic poll

MINISTER of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Selemani Jafo has directed regional commissioners and administrative secretaries in the country to ensure the forthcoming civic elections are smoothly and peaceful conducted.

MINISTER of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Selemani Jafo.

Jafo wanted the officials to adhere to the country’s elections rules and regulations during  the polls.

The minister made the appeal yesterday when he allayed fears of some opposition political parties assuring them that that the 2019 elections will be free and fair.

“This year’s election is going to be one of its kind as it is going to clear all the gaps and challenges occurred in the previous elections...this one has engaged all key stakeholders and political parties to ensure that it is free and fair,” he said.

Jafo highlighted some of the positions to be contested in the frothing November elections for village/street chairpersons as well as street and village committee members.

“As per regulations, votes will be conducted by using special voter’s papers which will be put in special boxes,” he said.

He wanted all the candidates to make sure that they meet all the required procedures and the election’s rules and regulations in order to vie for the positions.

“As per the elections schedule, requests for supervising the elections will be submitted on August 27 to September 16 and they will wait for few days later for the names to be announced,” he said

 The minister further outlined that the voter registration exercise will commence on October 15, where its inspection of the voters’ list will be done on October 15 to 21.

He also announced that the elections campaigns will officially begin on November 10.

 Earlier, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Joseph Nyamhanga said that all the preparations had  completed except for elections equipment which will be cleared soon.

According to him, at least 12, 319 villages, 4,264 streets and 64, 384 suburbs will conduct the elections.

In June this year, the government said that it will spend 82.9bn/ in conducting the local government elections.

The deputy minister of state in the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Mwita Waitara said this in Parliament when responding to a question by Mtambile MP,  Masoud Abdallah Salim (CUF) who sought to know how far the preparations for the elections had gone.

Waitara said regulations for local government elections has been prepared and published in the government gazette (GN) of April 26, 2019.

“The government has verified areas of administration, carried out trainings and meetings with election stakeholders. It is now in the process of procuring election equipment and 82.9bn/- will be spent for elections,” he said.

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