Tanzania’s main opposition presidential flag bearer Tundu Lissu has said he will not accept the results of this week’s polls saying the process was “marred with irregularities”.
“This is not an election at all. We do not accept, and do not agree, with any results coming from this process,” he told reporters in Dar-es-Salaam on Thursday.
The Chadema party leader is the key challenger of President John Pombe Magufuli who is attempting to capture the seat for a second term in an election that has is full of complaints, including votes being stuffed in ballot-boxes.
Already, preliminary results for parliamentary seats have been released where the opposition appears to be losing key seats, which has sparked protests from the opposition.
“We didn’t have an election last night based on international best practice and by Tanzanian laws. It’s a gang that has decided to stay in power by hook or by crook,” he said.