The Director of Elections, Dr Wilson Mahera, made this affirmation yesterday in a televised interview, where he stated that the number of constituencies will remain 264. The Mainland has 214 parliamentary constituencies, Zanzibar has 50 and the total number of wards is 3,956.
“The current number of constituencies will remain the same, and we’ll only spell out the list of constituencies and wards,” he declared.
He said in this year’s elections, NEC expects to have 75,000 polling stations and each centre will have five officials.
“The five includes the centre’s supervisor assisted by two officials, a clerk and a guard, hence there will be 390,824 officials in the 75,000 polling centres,” he elaborated.
Dr Mahera said at the end of August NEC expects to issue the list of those who have qualified to assist the commission in conducting the polls
“NEC has the budget to provide training to officials it will appoint to build capacity on filling various forms correctly. The listing will be set at the constituency level where they will be interviewed,” he specified.
On delays in issuing an election timetable, Dr Mahera said the commission was awaiting the Government Notice in the official Gazette for the dissolution of Parliament so that it proclaims the electoral schedule.
Citing the relevant provision, he said not less than five days and not more than 25 days after the issuance of the Government Notice the commission must announce the day for contestants’ nomination.
“That can’t be December and in our tradition the nomination takes place in August and elections in October. We call upon the people to be patient,” he affirmed.
There will be no delay of issuing the schedule as NEC is ready for its role once the Government Notice to dissolve Parliament has been published, he added.