EU welcomes the peaceful conduct of the elections in Tanzania and Zanzibar
On Sunday, 31 October, Tanzania and Zanzibar held the fourth general electoral process since the implementation of the multi-party system in the country. HR/VP Catherine Ashton highlighted in a statement the positive atmosphere and very high voter turnout in Zanzibar, where political parties have aligned around the creation of a Government of National Unity.
These elections have reinforced the results of the Referendum in July where Zanzibaris demonstrated that they want to put the troubles of the past behind them and work towards establishing a climate of peace and stability.
Upon invitation of the Tanzanian authorities, the European Union deployed for the first time in Tanzania an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM). A six Member Delegation of the European Parliament also joined the EU Observation mission. The mission, deployed since September, will continue its assessment and remain in the country until the end of the electoral process.