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Tanzania’s electoral commission has tasked the United States to prove allegations made on Wednesday, saying elections held on August 12 were ruined by violence and intimidation.
In a statement published on Wednesday, the US embassy in Dar es Salaam said the National Electoral Commission has refused to register opposition candidates and that they has been subject to police intimidation.
The embassy also cited unwarranted arrests of candidates and acts to suppress freedom of assembly and speech.
“Such actions undermine the rights that Tanzania’s constitution guarantees its citizens and jeopardize peace, stability, and security in the country and throughout the region,” the embassy said.
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The vote in question involved a parliamentary election in the northwestern region of Kigoma and 36 local races, according to The Citizen.
In its response, the commission said the election was free and fair, and he adding that it has not received any complaints from opposition candidates.
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