Demand for new constituencies as general election draws closer in TZ

TZ Election Commission Boss, Judge (Rtd) Damian Lubuva

TZ Election Commission Boss, Judge (Rtd) Damian Lubuva

About four months until Tanzanians head to the polls to elect a new president and legislators, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) said Wednesday it has received thirty six fresh applications for new constituencies to be drawn up in 31 councils.

NEC Chairman Justice (rtd) Damian Lubuva says his office is so far processing the applications before they determine how many could be approved.

This coincides with the similar debate in parliament on why the commission has delayed the process given the approaching polling day.

“The evaluations also include the parliamentary structures, to see if the number in question can be accommodated within the debating chamber.” Lubuva told a press conference in the country’s southern region of Mtwara.

He said “other considerable conditions include running costs and set-by criteria for an area to be named a constituency.”

Presently, Tanzania has 239 constituencies which elect a member of parliament every five years.

He reaffirmed that the forthcoming general election shall be conducted on schedule as the nationwide Bio-metric Voters Registration –BVR process is progressing very well.