Tanzania Decides: millions of voters head to the polls

Voters queuing up early morning to cast their votes in Dar es Salaam

Voters queuing up early morning to cast their votes in Dar es Salaam

Long queues are starting to form at many polling centres across Tanzania as millions of voters are anxiously lining up to cast their votes to elect their next president, lawmakers and local leaders.

After months of heated campaigning mainly between the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi”s presidential candidate John Magufuli and Chadema and UKAWA’s Edward Lowassa, it’s all up to the now to elect President Jakaya Kikwete’s successor.

Analysts have predicted the presidential contest will be very close as Lowassa and the opposition have mounted a formidable challenge to the ruling party.

“Let us kick CCM out of office, the regime that has failed the nation for all the 54 years it has been in office,” Lowassa said in one of his final campaign speeches Saturday whereas Magufuli said he wants to lead the country to development and good welfare.

The country’s police, security forces, and regional and international observers are on the ready to secure and monitor the most competitive and highly anticipated general election in its political history.