5 December 2012

Tanzania: Isles Receives Funds to Update Voters' Register

THE Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) 1992 law is to be repealed with a new one currently being written.

The Minister of State in the office of Second Vice President Mr Mohamed Aboud said here that the development is part of reforms in the commission.

Addressing reporters about the pace of development in the departments under his office, Aboud said the Electoral Law No. 71 of 1984 has been reviewed and the government is committed to improving the commission.

"We are also improving Permanent Voters Register (PVR), and currently we are soliciting funds to update the register. Fortunately we have discussed with development partners and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has promised to give 300,000 US dollars to that effect," said Aboud.

He said that ZEC needs to improve for efficiency to handle future elections, and minimize doubts and complains which emerges during elections. Since the government of National Unity (GNU) was established in November 2010, ZEC has failed to update its PVR due to lack of funds. ZEC is scheduled to update the register in every October.

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