Dar es Salaam. According to Tanzanian Civil Society Consortium on Election Observation (TACCEO), there is lack of transparency in the ongoing tallying of votes, casting doubt on the accuracy of figures released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The report came barely a day after the European Union (EU) expressed concern about lack of transparency in electoral bodies in the Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.
However, the African Union (AU) and SADC observers have described the exercise as free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful.
At a joint press conference in Dar es Salaam today, TACCEO chairperson Martina Kabisama said there was excessive use of force by security organs which was contrary to human rights. “Police officers were using tear gas canisters and beating citizens something which is against human rights and these acts have happened in different constituencies,’’ she said.
Therefore, she suggested that stop applying excessive force towards civilians because by doing so they are making people to believe that in order to have democracy, chaos is inevitable.