Tz nabs Rwandan,Burundian nationals trying to register to vote in October election

Reports from Tanzania indicate seven illegal immigrants from Rwanda and Burundi have been arrested, detained and arraigned in Kahama district in Shinyanga region for fraudulently registering to vote in the country’s October general election.

Afrika Reporter has learnt the seven suspects have appeared before the area district magistrate court.

Efforts to confirm with the Rwandan and Burundian Embassies in Tanzania were fruitless.

Authorities say hundreds of foreign nationals have already registered to vote in the forthcoming election.

At least 12, 000 foreigners were registered in the ongoing (Biometric Voters Registration (BVR) in just one Kyerwa district with figures feared to be higher elsewhere in the country, officials say

Tanzania National Electoral Commission (NEC) has directed regional and district peace and security committee chairpersons to forge cooperation with migration authorities to check against illegal immigrants allegedly attempting to register.

Addressing the press Sunday, Justice (rtd) Damian Lubuva, NEC Chairman said: “I call upon all security committee chairs on regional and district levels to help seek solution on the problem. All those who are not Tanzanians should be held responsible and the hand of law should take its course.”

The electoral commission acknowledges the number of illegal immigrants continues to surge as the there is no standard method to verify the citizenship of persons being registered in the ongoing Biometric Voters Registration.

NEC maintains the verification had been depending on residents of a given area to reveal the suspected illegal immigrants trying to register and vote