The government of Tanzania has temporarily banned mobile service providers from sending bulk messages and bulk voice calling services for two weeks from October 24th to November 11th.
This comes at a time when the people of Tanzania are to go to the general polls on Wednesday.
According to the Director General of Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority James Kilaba, the move is aimed at ensuring safety and security of electronic and postal communication services in the country ahead of the polls.
Kilaba however says the ban does not include; bulk messages for public safety utility services, e-government or mobile financial services.
The government has since come down hard on social media users, just four days to general elections.
A dozen candidates are vying for the presidency, incumbent president, John Magufuli of Chama Cha Mapinduzi is facing a spirited challenge from opposition leader Tundu Lissu of Chadema.
According to Tanzania’s election authority, more than 29 million voters will take part in the polls.