Tanzania’s election commission has set October 28 as the date for the country’s highly anticipated presidential election.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the body said the election campaign would run from August 26 to October 27.
President John Magufuli will be seeking re-election after being chosen earlier this month as the candidate
of the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.
Tanzania’s election set for October 28, Chadema, the main opposition party, has several candidates vying for the nomination,
including Deputy Chairman Tundu Lissu who lives in exile in Belgium after being shot outside his home in 2017.
Party leader Freeman Mbowe, who was hospitalized last month with a broken leg after his party said he was beaten in a “politically-motivated” attack, has also announced his intention to run.
Meanwhile, former Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe last week switched allegiance from CCM to the opposition Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT Wazalendo),
and is seeking their nomination to run against Magufuli.
Tanzanians will also vote on the same day to elect members of parliament and local councilors.
The opposition has called for the formation of an independent electoral commission, expressing fears the elections will take place in a climate of violence and intimidation. Magufuli has pledged “free and fair” polls.