Tanzania Electoral Body Suspends Opposition's Election Campaign

Tanzanian main opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu has been suspended from election campaign activities for seven days after he was accused of making seditious statements during one of his rallies. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) said the commission had received complaints from two political parties - the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) - regarding statements made by the Chadema candidate that breaches the elections code of ethics at a rally in northern Mara region. Lissu will remain suspended effective October 3, 2020, for breaching the elections code of ethics, NEC's Ethics Committee secretary Emmanuel Kawishe said. Police are holding a number of people believed to be Chadema's followers for what they termed accompanying the party's Presidential candidate Tundu Lissu to continue with campaigns despite being suspended for seven days by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) ethics Committee. According to Chadema party officials, Lissu was blocked by police on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam for nine hours, less than three weeks before the presidential election.

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