NEC issues terms for voting without cards

20Oct 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
NEC issues terms for voting without cards

THE National Electoral Commission (NEC) has allowed people who have lost their voting cards to vote under certain conditions.

NEC Chairman Judge (Retd) Semistocles Kaijage.

A statement issued by the Commission via its internet website said such voters can use alternative identity cards like the national identity card, passport or driving licence.

However, NEC has stressed the voter will only cast his vote at the centre he was registered to vote, and his name being the same as the one given in the voters’ roll.

Speaking to leaders of political parties in Dar es Salaam back in August, NEC Chairman Judge (Retd) Semistocles Kaijage, said 29,188,347 people are expected to cast their votes on October 28, accommodated at 80,155 polling centres. Apart from the Union president, 390 members of Parliament and 5,350 councillors will also be elected.

Election campaigns opened on August 29 and wind up next Tuesday, October 27, with the 15 parties nominating candidates for the Union presidency. Observers see the contest as largely a two-horse race with incumbent Dr John Magufuli for CCM and key challenger Tundu Lissu of Chadema.

Other notable candidates include Prof Ibrahim Lipumba (CUF) and Queen Sendiga of ADC who have been seen to conduct campaigns in various regions countrywide.

The latest campaign timetable issued by NEC for October 17-27 shows regions where various parties will stage their final rallies, often where they had launched their campaigns.

In the schedule Dr Magufuli and Lissu are to finalise their campaigns in the central and northern zones respectively.

Dr Magufuli yesterday started his final campaign stretch in Coast Region, heading to Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Manyara and hold his final rally in Dodoma, where he had kicked off his campaign drive.

Lissu has conducted six rallies in Manyara, Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions and today he will continue with rallies in Tanga Region, then move to Pemba South and Zanzibar West regions, plus Lindi, Mtwara, Ruvuma, Shinyanga, Dodoma and Singida. He is slated to hold his last rally in Dar es Salaam where he kicked off his rallies.

The schedule also shows ADC, CUF, CHAUMMA and UMD holding their last campaign rallies in Dar es Salaam while AAFP and DP will be in Songwe Region.

 Other parties staging their final campaign rallies include ACT-Wazalendo (Lindi), ADA TADEA Simiyu), Demokrasia Makini (Iringa), NCCR-Mageuzi (Mara), NRA (Kigoma), SAU (Mara) and UPDP (Mbeya).