Turnout of voters in Tanzanian general elections better than expected: NEC chief

21:35, November 01, 2010      

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Supporters of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete attend the final campaign rally in Dar Es Sallam, capital of Tanzania, Oct. 30, 2010. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is seeking a second and final term in the upcoming elections due on Oct. 31. (Xinhua/Guo Chunju)

The Tanzania National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday said that the turnout of voters is better than what they had expected in Sunday's general election.

The NEC chief Lewis Makame made the remarks while answering questions from Xinhua after announcing the preliminary results of 10 constituencies out of the total 239 constituencies across the country at the elections results center in Dar es Salaam.

"It's too early to give the exact percentage of the turnout of the general election as the results are coming in one by one constituencies. Generally speaking, the turnout of voters on Sunday's elections is better than what we expected," Makame said.

Out of the 10 constituencies the elections results of which had been announced, it was still difficult to know the general voting rate and the percentage of votes achieved by each of the seven participating political parties as the results were announced by constituencies respectively.

Out of the seven participating political parties, Tanzania's ruling revolutionary party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema, Party for Democracy and Progress) and Civic United Front (CUF) lead with each party claimed victory in the presidential, parliamentary and councillorship polls in a number of polling stations in several Tanzanian mainland and Zanzibar constituencies.

However, CCM is predicted to win the general elections and CCM union presidential candidate, the incumbent Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete had expressed his confidence to win a landslide victory and another five-year presidential term.

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