Politicians urged to conduct peaceful campaigns about general election

10Jul 2020
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Politicians urged to conduct peaceful campaigns about general election

​​​​​​​POLITICIANS in the country have been urged to conduct peaceful campaigns towards the coming general elections bearing in mind that there is life after elections thus the need to bring Tanzanians together.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Tixon Nzunda.

The call was made here by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Tixon Nzunda, calling on all seeking elective positions to adhere to laws and constitution.

Speaking while officiating at the public meeting on participation in the coming general elections, he said the public should vote for the right people.

 He said if political leaders are elected in a transparent and democratic manner the country can prosper.

He said the government will welcome all political nominees regardless of their gender, colour, disabilities or age to take part in important decision making positions in the country.

“Our key priority is that all the nominated candidate must exhibit the needed requirements for the specific position they apply for,” he noted.

He went on to point out that all key stakeholders have been involved and they fully participated in the preparations of the next general elections.

“All eligible voters have been registered. The government is well set to ensuring a supportive environment to all participants and that there won’t be a room for people to disrupt peace and order,” he added.

The government vowed to ensure every individual interested in vying for a political position is encouraged and supported and expect the elections to be free and fair across all communities.

In the meantime, the government official urged the commission and the rights groups to help prepare the right candidates who can champion the peoples' concern and seek for the right solution to challenges facing them.

Almost 40 per cent of members of the parliament were women in the just ended 11th parliament. The number also included youth and people with disabilities. On the ward councillors one-third of the group were women, however, the number of people with disabilities were highly lower.

“But I assure you that in Africa we are ahead of many other countries,” he said.

Peace, Legal Aid and Justice Centre (PLAJC) representative Catherine Fredrick explained that the meeting was organised to set joint strategies that will help both women, youth and people with disabilities participate fully in the elections.

His sentiments were echoed by Fatma Khalifan from the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance. She pointed out that it was imperative that all stakeholders jointly work together to ensure the elections are inclusive, free and fair.

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