NEC gives city residents three more days in voter roll update

21Feb 2020
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
NEC gives city residents three more days in voter roll update

THE National Electoral Commission (NEC) yesterday announced an extension of voter information update in Dar es Salaam Region for three more days.

Dr Wilson Mahera, Director of Elections with the National Electoral Commission, addresses journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the extension of voters’ registration in the city for three days from today. He is with NEC information director Giveness Aswile. Photo: Correspondent Miraji Msala

The decision has been informed by the high number of people who wanted to update their records after the last Friday deadline.

NEC Elections Director Dr Wilson Mahera told reporters in Dar es Salaam that extension starts from February 20th to 23rd, to give people more time to alter voter particulars.

This extension followed a NEC assessment meeting held on Wednesday where it was agreed to extend the roll update deadline for the city.

Some of the reasons to extend more time were due to a large population and people’s response to update their information, as an extension will provide enough time for those who were yet to do so, he elaborated.

The National Election Act, Cap 343, section 21(1) and the Local Governments Election Act, Cap 292 accord NEC the mandate to extend the number of days set for voter register updating.

“I would like to inform the public that NEC has extended the voter registry updating exercise for Dar es Salaam residents for three days,” he specified.

The voter registry exercise will end February 23 as NEC will not set more days for Dar es Salaam, he emphasized.

City residents who have yet to update their information need to do so quickly to meet the deadline, as all centres will be opened from 8.00 hours to 18.00 hours, he stated.

The updating exercise in other regions starts in the next phase depending on the demand, he said.

On July 18 last year, NEC began updating voter registration ahead of this year’s general elections where voters will choose ward councillors, members of Parliament and the Union president.

Regions that had updated voter registration so far were listed as Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara, Simiyu, Mara as well as Mwanza, Kigoma and Songwe.

Others are Kagera, Geita, Shinyanga, Katavi, Rukwa, Singida, Dodoma, Mbeya, Iringa, Njombe, and Ruvuma on the Mainland while in Zanzibar the updating has covered Pemba North, Pemba South, Zanzibar North and the Urban West regions, the NEC statement noted.

Updating the voters register started July 18 last year with Kilimanjaro region and has already covered 146 districts with 205 constituencies in 25 regions in both parts of the Union.

Anthony Mavunde, the Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Parliamentary Affairs, Employment, Youths and Persons with Disabilities) early last year told the National Assembly that four million new voters were expected to be registered as the voter register was being updated.

Tanzania conducted its last general elections in 2015, where NEC had registered 23.7m voters.