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Zanzibar Opposition Accuses Ruling Party of Vote Rigging

Tanzania’s opposition is threatening street protests unless changes are made to eliminate what it says are attempts to rig general elections on October 30th.

The calls came after the Zanzibar Election Board, ZEC, suspended a contract with a South African company that was to review voters rolls. The minister of constitutional affairs had complained to the board that the contract with the company, Waymark Infotech, had been improperly negotiated.

Assah Mwambene is the bureau chief for the Daily News in the Zanzibari capital. He told reporter Voice of America reporter William Eagle that the attorney general and the head of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission will likely decide whether the contract with the South African company will resume, be renegotiated, or be annulled.