1 November 2010

Tanzania: Isles Picks Shein for President

Photo: Citizen
An elderly woman casts her vote in Sunday's polls.

Dar es Salaam — CCM Zanzibar presidential candidate Dr Ali Mohamed Shein was on Monday declared the winner, scooping 179,809 votes against his closest rival, Mr Seif Sharif Hamad of CUF who got 175,338 votes.

Dr Shein's victory is equal to 50.1 per cent of all the 364,924 votes cast while Mr Seif garnered 49.1 per cent.

Announcing the results here Monday night, the Chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC), Mr Khatib Mwinyichande, said his commission was satisfied with the conduct of the elections held on Sunday.

Mr Kassim Bakar Ally of Jahazi Asilia got 803 votes while Mr Said Soud Said of AFP registered 480 votes.

Other contestants and their votes in brackets were Mr Ambar Haji Khamis of NCCR Mageuzi (363), Haji Khamis Haji of NRA (525) and Juma Khatib Ali Khatib (497).

Conceding defeat, Mr Seif congratulated Dr Shein and promised to work with him in creating a new Zanzibar that will consider the interests of all Zanzibaris irrespective of their political affiliation.

He said he believed Dr Shein has therequired ability, experience and passion to lead Zanzibar and its people.

Mr Seif said he was certain that Dr Shein will use his wisdom and intelligence in leading the Isles and solidify the existing unity among the people. He congratulated the ZEC chairman and his director for the work well done.

He, however, singled out some minor irregularities that some officials in the commission had committed, which he claimed disrupted the electoral process. Dr Shein said he was looking forward to working with Mr Seif in the Government of National Unity (GNU) for the prosperity of the Zanzibaris.

"A good leader does not work alone but co-operates with others. I promise that I will need a word of wisdom from Maalim Seif", said Dr Shein.

ZEC has asked leaders and supporters of all political parties to co -operate after the general elections to bring development to the two Islands,saying prudence and harmony is needed to promote the future prosperity of Zanzibar.

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