Maasais' attempt to vote twice foiled

14Aug 2018
Edward Qorro
ARUSHA
The Guardian
Maasais' attempt to vote twice foiled

IN a bizarre incident, men in Olmolog ward in Longido constituency turned up at polling stations with their wives’ voter cards in an attempt to vote twice.

Giving an account of civic elections held in the region on Sunday, Longido Constituency returning officer Jumaa Mhina however said the determined men hailing from Maasai communities were compelled to surrender their wives’ cards and use theirs in the voting exercise.

“The men wanted to vote twice but upon discovering their intention we asked them to surrender their wives’ cards and use theirs,’’ explained Mhina, who is also the Longido District Executive Director.

Even after they had successfully voted, Mhina said his office had to spare time with the men and educate them on their civic rights and the legitimacy of using one’s own in voting.

“We took them through some of the provisions that talk about who is eligible to vote and who is not,” he added.

Meanwhile, the returning officer declared CCM’s Lomayani Syokino Laizer as the new Olmolog ward councillor after the latter garnered 3,728 votes against 30 that were cast in favour of Chadema’s Philipo Ngoochai.

A total of 3,762 braved the chilly Sunday morning to cast their ballots in the civil polls.

According to Mhina, his constituency had 4,151 registered voters and only four votes were declared spoilt in the Sunday’s election.

Unlike in the city of Arusha, Mhina said Longido experienced no clashes between followers of the ruling CCM and Chadema.

He attributed the peace and tranquility witnessed in all the polling stations in Longido to high level of awareness among voters and the cooperation his office had with security organs in the district, save for the attempt by the Maasai men, he said.

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