The Elections in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2000

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.




Zanzibar's recent history has been characterised by political polarisation, tension and turbulence, marking ‘the Isles’ out from the rest of the United Republic of Tanzania. The period since the 1995 elections has been particularly difficult, with the opposition alleging electoral fraud and the manipulation of the results at those elections, refusing to accept the results of the elections for the Zanzibar Presidency and House of Representatives, declaring its lack of confidence in the Zanzibar Electoral Commission and for some time declining to attend parliament.


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