Three political parties deregistered over abuse of rules, regulations

10Nov 2016
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Three political parties deregistered over abuse of rules, regulations

THE Registrar of Political Parties, Judge Francis Mutungi, yesterday revoked the permanent registration of three political parties in the country, following violation of laws and regulations guiding political parties.

Judge Francis Mutungi

The parties whose registration was revoked include the Justice and Development Party (Haki na Ustawi) CHAUSTA, The African Progress Party of Tanzania (AAAPT-Maendeleo) and Jahazi Asilia.

The ban came after a verification process conducted by the office of Registrar of Political Parties between June 17 and July 26, this year, to measure the implementation of registration conditions and regulations.

Addressing reporters yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Judge Mutungi hinted that during the exercise, the three parties lost the basics of permanent registration by violating the conditions of the Political Parties Act.

According to him, a total of six mistakes the parties made led to the cancellation of their permanent registration.

He said that the parties did not have a party office in the Mainland and Zanzibar, which is against Section 10 (b) of the Political Parties Act, the party also did not have members in Zanzibar and failed to put a yearly income and expenditure database of the party.

Others included failure to submit to the registrar’s office their annual income and expenditure report, failure to submit the party’s assets which is against Section 14(1) as well as going against the law which directs parties to save their parties’ funds in one account.

“After revoking the registration of these parties, let me urge members not to engage in political activities under these parties as doing so would lead to legal actions falling upon them,” he said.

Judge Mutungi also warned other political parties that when accomplishing their political duties they should ensure that they adhere to laws and regulations.

He also urged all political parties in the country to also adhere to their parties’ constitutions, thus avoid conflicts and inconveniences.