The United Republic of Tanzania will hold general elections on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Voters will select a new president, and cast ballots for 239 members of the Bunge (the unicameral National Assembly) and numerous local offices. This election will be Tanzania’s fourth general election following the introduction of a multiparty democratic system in 1993.
The October polls are expected to be Tanzania’s most competitive since 1993, with a historically strong incumbent party, the Party of the Revolution, squaring off against a newly formed coalition known as Ukawa. To help you understand this critical electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the United Republic of Tanzania: 2015 National General Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- Are there reserved seats for women? What is the gender balance within the candidate list?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- How will voters with disabilities cast their ballots?
- How will election disputes be adjudicated?