Zanzibar officially annuls elections

By Editorial Board - 12 November 2015 at 11:21 pm
In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 26th, 2015 and made available Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 2015, police special forces ride in the back of a vehicle with unidentified men they had arrested, in the Darajani area of Stone Town, Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island archipelago of Tanzania. Zanzibar's election commission chief announced Wednesday that the results of the island archipelago's presidential election have been nullified because of alleged irregularities, saying that the decision was taken because of several issues with the voting process, but did not say when another election would take place. (AP Photo)

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Zanzibar the semi-autonomous archipelago has officially annulled its elections held last month after rising tension and violence over the self-proclaimed victory by the opposition before the official results were announced. The local election commission in Zanzibar scrapped the Zanzibar presidential vote saying “gross violations” had been committed.

Agence France-Presse reported that despite the negotiations that are continues between Tanzania and Zanzibar it looks more likely that a rerun will have to take place.

Rafi Haji, Zanzibar information ministry official told AFP that “the date for fresh elections will be announced later.”

Since the elections there has been an upsurge of violence in the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar creating cause for concern. At the end of last month two bombs exploded just minutes apart in the main city. They are suspected to be connected to the discontent over the elections.

The hope is that if new elections are held within Zanzibar the process will go smoothly.

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