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Tanzania General Elections, 31 October 2010

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Tanzania General Elections. The Group was led by The Rt Hon Paul East QC, a former Attorney General of New Zealand, and comprised fifteen eminent persons in total.

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Conclusions and Recommendations

The 31 October General Elections in Tanzania were the country’s 4th multi-party elections since the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1992. The elections represented a step forward for the country, with a largely peaceful campaign on both the mainland and Zanzibar, the development of an electronic permanent voter register and acceptance of the result for the Zanzibar presidency despite an extremely narrow margin of victory. However, some issues remain to be addressed as Tanzania continues to strengthen its democratic processes and institutions and build confidence among all stakeholders.

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