By Daily Monitor
About 29 million Tanzania are expected to cast their ballots today to elect the Union president, MPs and councilors during an election that analysts project would be the most hard-fought contest between the ruling party candidates and those of the opposition.
The basis upon which this election is fought—promises of continued infrastructural reforms, expansion of key social services, respect for civil rights, widening democratic space and people-centred development–has galvanised voters.
Fifteen candidates including the sitting President John Magufuli who is standing his second and final term have crisscrossed Tanzania’s 945,087 square kilometres during 63 days of hectic campaigns to woo supporters.
The contest will also involve candidates eyeing 390 parliamentary seats and 5,115 councillor positions for the mainland Tanzania and few others for members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.
Tanzanians are going to cast their ballots with the hope of a free and fair election devoid of election malpractice but amid complaints from main opposition parties that some actions by authorities were frustrating the electoral process.
It is out of question the incumbent President Magufuli and the opposition icon Tundu Lissu are the main contenders of this historical election that has attracted huge local and international interest.