John Magufuli is still firmly in the lead against rival presidential candidate Edward Lowassa in votes counted so far National Election Commission.Of the 127 constituencies out of 264 counted, the ruling party CCM had won 82 seats, CHADEMA led by Edward Lowassa has 25 while CUF had 18 with NCCR Mageuzi one and the other by another minority party.As regions concluded their vote recapitulations on Monday and early this morning, National Electoral Commision(NEC) data indicated that the CCM presidential candidate John Magufuli is leading with more than 65 percent of the vote.Edward Lowassa is trailing behind with just over 30 percent.The latest figures have taken into account a large amount of data from the so-called pivotal regions,where a substantial number of voters are concentrated.The data covers more than 150 out of 264 constituencies.From data available, it was unlikely that Edward Lowassa would be able to catch up, based on the initial NEC data.The NEC will announce the final official tally no later than October 29th. If I use the logic and the available data to me, it is almost certain that John Pombe Magufuli will become Tanzania’s next president.NEC has also said their regular updates taking place at Julius Kambarage Nyerere International conference centre was an example of how the public could help ensure that the vote-tally process was free from vote-rigging.
NEC has been conducting a real count by collecting vote tallies from every polling station with the help of hundreds of volunteers.“Some can guard the election by processing the raw data put forward by the NEC and turning it into a national vote-count result, or they can be present during the multilevel vote-tally process,” an insider at NEC revealed to Contador Harrison few hours ago.The NEC and preliminary election observers report confirmed there had been a higher turnout among young voters this year compared to the last presidential election in 2010.NEC Chairman Damian Lubuva said that all the allegations of overseas vote-rigging had been resolved and, thus, there was no need for revotes. The revotes held on Monday were based on recommendations from national-level Elections Supervisory Committee offices following indications of electoral violations on Sunday morning especially in Kimara. Some polling stations staged revotes as a few of the places where repeat ballots were conducted. Meanwhile, CCM stalwarts have repeated their call for Edward Lowassa to concede defeat depending on the upcoming NEC announcement. “We have repeatedly said that we are willing to accept defeat. But the other camp should also voice the same statement in order to ease tension,” a CCM top dog told your blogger in the wee hours of this morning.