Dar es Salaam — The National Electoral Commission began releasing parliamentary election results on Thursday with the opposition losing key seats in what was once regarded as their strongholds.
By noon out of the constituencies that had been announced so far, only one opposition candidate had won a parliamentary seat.
Counting was taking place across Tanzania and its semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar where CCM continued to register huge victories in the constituencies.
In Mbeya Tulia Ackson beat the incumbent Joseph Mbilinyi whereas Chadema national Chairman became the first high profile opposition casualty after he lost his Hai seat to CCM.
CCM has after 25 years taken Moshi urban constituency after Priscus Tarimo won the municipality with 31,169 votes whereas karatu which was another longtime opposition strong hold has also fallen to the ruling party. Karatu had been in the hands of the opposition for 20 years.
In Handeni, Reuben Kwagilwa beat CUF's Sonia Magogo after scoring 15241 votes against 6,713, whereas Same East and West now all belong to CCM after winning MP seat plus all the 34 wards.
In Serengeti, CCM's Amsabi beat Chadema's Catherine Ruge whereas in Shinyanga Urban Patrobas Katambi was declared winner on CCM ticket, the party has also won all the wards.
In Njombe Urban, CCM's Deo Mwanyika carried the day. CCM also has 28 other MPs who were unopposed.
In Buchosa, Sengerema, Ilemela and Nyamagana the ruling party has won all the wards. In Tarime Urban which was another opposition stronghold all seats have gone to Chama Cha Mapinduzi, Esther Bulaya has also lost the seat.
In Bumbuli after winning 8 seats unopposed, CCM has won all the remaining 10 seats.
Meanwhile in Zanzibar the race for the House of Representatives is in CCM's favour after 20 CCM candidates won the race.
More to follow............