Electoral reform in Tanzania

October elections could see economic growth and national stability prioritised over civil liberties and freedom.

As Tanzanians go to the polls in October 2020, citizens are faced with a choice between the incumbent President John Magufuli and aspirants from opposition parties. In the last five years, Magufuli has been given credit for growing the economy and rooting out corruption. However, his administration has promulgated a large number of laws that have curtailed media freedom and other civil liberties. To preserve Tanzania’s democracy going forward, it will be crucial to level the playing field and ensure the implementation of electoral reforms.

About the authors

Ringisai Chikohomero is a researcher with the Southern Africa project of the Institute for Security Studies. Before taking up this position, he was a regional analyst at Political Economy Southern Africa. 

Omar R Mjenga, ndc, is a diplomat and the CEO of the Centre for International Policy – Africa, Dar es Salaam. 

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