Tanzania Women's Coalition Urges Reforms on Unopposed Candidates

A Coalition of Women on Constitution, Elections and Leadership has called for changes in the electoral laws to remove unopposed candidates in the councillorship and parliamentary elections.

The coalition which includes more than 200 non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations has suggested that voters should vote even if only one candidate vies for the post to bring in a sense of voters' decision.

They argued that to achieve 50/50 representation in constituencies the women should be voted for instead of leaving it to the parties to determine to select them for Special Seats.

The current system puts women at risk of going through acts of violence during the intraparty elections, including sexual bribery, reports Dativa Minja for Tanzania Daily News. 


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