Zanzibar Opposition Leader Held, 3 Killed In Poll Clashes
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Tue 27th October 2020 | 12:42 PM
The leader of the opposition in Zanzibar has been arrested and three people killed, his party said Tuesday as chaos erupted on the semi-autonomous archipelago ahead of Tanzania's election
Stone Town, Tanzania, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Oct, 2020 ) :The leader of the opposition in Zanzibar has been arrested and three people killed, his party said Tuesday as chaos erupted on the semi-autonomous archipelago ahead of Tanzania's election.
Opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad, who is taking his sixth shot at the top office, was hauled away by police as he arrived at a polling station in Garagara neighbourhood to try and cast his ballot on a day of early voting set aside mainly for security forces.
His opposition ACT-Wazalendo (Alliance for Change and Transparency) party wrote on Twitter that Hamad "has been arrested", a day before presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Zanzibar and on the Tanzanian mainland.
Shortly before his arrest, police fired teargas and live rounds, and brutally beat a young man around the Mtupepo Primary school where the polling station is located in an opposition stronghold, an AFP reporter saw.
The opposition believes the special day of early voting for security forces is a ploy to steal the election on an island with a history of contested polls, and urged supporters to go out and vote on the same day.
"We call upon the regional and international community to persuade the Tanzanian and Zanzibar governments to allow a free and fair election to run free of violence and intimidation over the next two days.
There was a heavy presence of police and soldiers across the islands.
Journalists were chased away from the scene.
Polls in 2005 were also marred by clashes.
Twitter was down across the country with President John Magufuli and the mainland's opposition party Chadema leader, Tundu Lissu due to wrap up their campaigns on Tuesday.