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Magufuli to Contest for President for the Second Time

Tanzanian President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli: Photo Courtesy

Tanzania: The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Tanzania on Tuesday gave President John Magufuli and his running mate, Samia Suluhu Hassan, the flag and the greenlight to contest on the October polls on a Chama Cha Mapinduzi ticket.

Dr Magufuli, who is seeking re-election after serving as president of Tanzania since 2015, returned nomination forms accompanied by his running mate and other party leaders including Secretary General Dr Bashiru Ally at around 8:40am. NEC chairman Judge Semistocles Kaijage declared that the forms had been duly filled and had met all the requirements set by the polls body.

The two were provided with a set of forms to further their other official processes. Similar forms were also provided to the CCM Secretary General, Dr Bashiru Ally.

Like all other presidential aspirants, President Magufuli was required to fill in four sets of Form No. 8A that consist of 10 pages each that was to be used for collecting guarantors in 10 regions, at least two of them from Zanzibar.

In Tanzania both the presidential candidate and his running mate are given four copies of Form No. 10 each, which the panelists require them to fill and sign before a High Court Judge.

The aspirants are then required to deposit TSh1 million with the Commission whose receipts are attached with nomination forms and return them to the NEC. This process is done with a lot of transparency and documents are then well kept in custody of NEC.

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