TZ electoral commission to hire 8000 for the general election, results to be announced in real time at polling stations countrywide

Tanzania's forthcoming elections are likely to be more transparent, says EU Head of Delegation in the country Filiberto Segrigondi

Tanzania’s forthcoming elections are likely to be more transparent, says EU Head of Delegation in the country Filiberto Sebrigondi

Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) intends to recruit about 8000 members of staff to help man the forthcoming general election.

The commission says the additional personnel will ensure the October 25 exercise passes smoothly.

NEC has also announced results at polling stations around the country will be announced immediately, and for the first time the commission has said it will announce the winner of the next presidential election within 72 hours after voting.

The European Union Head of Delegation the East African nation Filiberto Sebrigondi says this year’s poll is likely to be more transparent. He noted NEC’s plans to announce results at polling stations across the country are commendable.

“This is what would increase transparency and the public can immediately follow the elections proceedings,” he said.

The EU has also deployed 140 long term election observers to monitor the general election in Tanzania.

Judith Sargentini, Chief Observer and a Member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands said Wednesday at the launch of the special mission in Dar es Salaam “the team will be monitoring for national and international election standards.”

She said the long term observers comprise of 34 members who will be in Tanzania for six weeks and will collaborate with local and international mission from the African Union, the Common wealth and the South African Development Community (SADC).

“We will be looking at the whole election process from the campaign angle to elections day,” the EU lawmaker stated.

Ms Sargentini has already met with the Electoral commission in the Mainland and the Isles Chairpersons, representatives of political parties; Chadema, CUF and ACT-Wazalendo. She is set to meet CCM representatives Thursday and other key players.