Commonwealth Election Reports

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Commonwealth Election Reports, the reports of Commonwealth Observer Groups, Missions or Expert Teams, are independently prepared by the team members as a contribution to the democracy and consensus-building in Commonwealth countries.

The Elections in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2000

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Commonwealth Observer Group
01 Jan 2001
9781848597518 (PDF)

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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  • Introduction

    Zanzibar's recent history has been characterised by political polarisation, tension and turbulence, marking ‘the Isles’ out from the rest of the United Republic of Tanzania. The period since the 1995 elections has been particularly difficult, with the opposition alleging electoral fraud and the manipulation of the results at those elections, refusing to accept the results of the elections for the Zanzibar Presidency and House of Representatives, declaring its lack of confidence in the Zanzibar Electoral Commission and for some time declining to attend parliament.

  • Political Background

    In Zanzibar the political background is not a matter of abstract or academic interest. The islands' political past lives on in politics which are fiercely competitive and highly polarised.

  • The Electoral Framework and Preparations for the Elections

    The electoral framework of Zanzibar is comprehensive and many elements are satisfactory, although there are areas that could be strengthened with a view to enhancing the quality of the democratic process in the islands.

  • The Campaign and the Media

    The Zanzibar Electoral Commission designated an official campaign period which began on 22 August 2000 and ended on 28 October 2000. Members of the Group were able to observe the last four weeks of the campaign.

  • The Poll and Count

    The weather was good. The voters were present, in large numbers. The polling stations were laid out and ready.

  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Acknowledgements and Annexes
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