UN statement concerning Tanzania General Election 2015

Dar es Salaam, 29 October 2015: The United Nations is following very closely the Tanzanian general elections of 25 October and congratulates the president elect. We congratulate Tanzanians for exercising their democratic rights in a peaceful manner. We take note of the international observers statement (Commonwealth, AU, SADC and EU) of today that indicates they are pleased that the voting and counting took place in an environment of peace.

However, the observer missions as well as the US Embassy and UK High Commission have also shared their great concern with the statement issued by the Chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission in which he nullified the Zanzibar elections.

We call on political leaders to promote an environment of peaceful dialogue to resolve their differences and to ensure a continued peaceful and democratic elections process. It is through this peaceful and democratic process that the social and economic development of the United Republic of Tanzania can be ensured.