Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General on the 2020 General Elections in the United Republic Of Tanzania

2 November 2020

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, has strongly urged authorities to investigate allegations regarding the recent general election in the United Republic of Tanzania of serious electoral irregularities, violence and of deaths, particularly in Zanzibar.

Secretary-General Scotland stated:

“By turning out to vote on 28 October, the people of Tanzania once again placed their hope in our shared values of democracy. I laud them for their unwavering commitment.”

“However, I am deeply concerned by reports alleging serious incidents of violence and electoral malpractice. I urge the relevant authorities to transparently and expeditiously conduct the necessary investigations and ensure the rule of law, justice and accountability prevails, in order to maintain the people of Tanzania’s confidence in democracy.

The Secretary-General reaffirmed her hope that positive lessons from previous elections could inform current processes, and added:

“I hope that every option will be explored to maintain trust in the electoral process and to ensure that democracy, peace and unity are safeguarded in Tanzania. The Commonwealth will remain ready to offer support if required”.