Tanzania’s main opposition Chadema party has denounced yesterday’s general election and called upon opposition supporters to protest.

“We will not accept anything coming out of yesterday’s voting because it was marred by irregularities,” said Chadema Presidential candidate Tundu Lissu.

The national electoral commission says “The allegations are unsubstantiated and baseless with no official challenge yet”.

Tanzania went to the poll for President, members of Parliament, and councilors on Wednesday with results just trickling in indicating a landslide for the incumbent Chama Cha Mapinduzi party(CCM).

CCM has indeed claimed victory in former opposition strongholds like Mwanza township and Kigoma where ‘opposition king maker’ Zito Kabwe (AZT Wazalendo party) lost to CCM’s Kilube Ngendwa.

Hitherto predominantly opposition towns like Mbeya and Arusha are also a “mixed fortune” with the ruling party registering some success.

But it’s not all been gloom for the opposition that has also claimed previous CCM hotspots like Bundo township (burial site for former President Benjamin Mkapa) where Chadema’s Esther Bulaga outsmarted Robert Maboto.

On the overall Chama Cha Mapinduzi is cruising in many areas with its candidates including Denis Lazaro, Priscus Tarimo and Tulia Akson claiming victory.

But nonetheless, the opposition in unison urges the international community not to “believe” the results that they plan to “petition first through protests and later legally’.

This is a developing story and we shall provide details when and if they are available.

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