President Nyerere was one of the first to turn out in Tanzania's second general election since independence.
President Nyerere was one of the first to turn out in Tanzania's second general election since independence. Dr. Nyerere took his turn in the queue in the Dar es Salaam constituency where he lives on Friday (30 October) to cast his vote in a yes-no presidential ballot, with President Nyerere as the only candidate. Electors were also asked to choose a new National Parliament.
Electoral officers throughout the country reported an exceptionally heavy poll in the country's one-party elections. The Tanzanian constitution provides that only members of the Tanganyika Africa National Union Party (Tanu) may contest the elections.
Voters have a choice as two Tanu candidates are standing in most of the constituencies. There are about two hundred candidates for the 114 seats in Parliament.
President Nyerere joined other Dar es Salaam residents at the Kijitanmaya polling station. He stood in the men's queue. The women have their own line.
The first results, from the Clove Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, showed a large majority for returning President Nyerere to his post. It was announced that 183,627 had voted for President Nyerere and only 943 against.