Since 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has supported the democratic aspirations of Tanzanians to strengthen and enhance their electoral processes. For example, with funding from USAID, IFES has provided targeted technical assistance to CSOs to build their capacity and knowledge around voter education, campaign finance, and Election Dispute Resolution. Similarly, IFES has provided targeted technical assistance to the election management bodies in Tanzania to promote increased citizen engagement and oversight of political and electoral processes in order to implement inclusive elections based on best practices from around the world. IFES has also supported meaningful dialogues and post-election reviews between various stakeholders to continue bolstering efforts to strengthen Tanzanian democratic institutions and systems in place.
This report details the observations of the IFES team from early October, the legal and procedural framework of the elections, the immediate pre-election climate, the election day, voting and selected counting activities. In addition, the report provides recommendations for the
of Tanzania and the international community on the steps needed to move beyond the politics of impasse.
This report summarizes IFES’ findings from the East Africa Election Administration Symposium, which took place in Arusha, Tanzania in August of 1997. The symposium focused primarily on electoral commission staffing and staff development and commission outreach to political parties, NGOs and the media.
The goal of the report is to make a positive contribution to both the domestic and international audiences' understanding of the Zanzibar and Tanzania elections, so that a more accurate evaluation can be made of the fairness and legitimacy of the 1995 electoral process, and so that procedural problems and systemic weaknesses can be identified for correction in future multiparty elections in Tanzania.