With less than a week to go before Tanzania votes in its third general election since independence in 1961, parliamentary candidates have been making every effort to ensure success at the polls on Sunday (26 October).
GV EXTERIOR TANY Headquarters in Dar es Salaam and election poster (2 shots)
SV & CU Village women reading election literature (2 shots)
SV & CU Candidates Derek Bryceson Chipps (hecked dress) arrive and are greeted (3 shots)
CU Women chanting
SV Mary Chipps (centre) and Bryceson take seats
CU & SV Child watches as official leads chant (3 shots)
SCU Mary Chipps joins in chant and takes seat again
SCU Mr. Gryceson rises and joins in chant
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Background: With less than a week to go before Tanzania votes in its third general election since independence in 1961, parliamentary candidates have been making every effort to ensure success at the polls on Sunday (26 October).
As in past years, President Julius Nyerere is running unopposed in the presidential arena ... although earlier this year he had said he would welcome the challenge of an opposition candidate.
The two-week parliamentary campaign began on 12 October, and all 180 candidates contesting 96 of the 218 seats in Tanzania's Parliament are members of and approved by the ruling Tanganyika African National Union (TANU). For the first time this year, they are restricted to campaigning on the basis of an election manifesto drawn up by TANU.
In the Kinondoni district of the Dar es Salaam region, two candidates are challenging each other for parliamentary representation. One is a Tanzanian of European extraction, Mr. Derek Bryceson, the other a Tanzanian African, Mrs. Mary Alice Zayumba Chipps. Both were in full campaign swing on Monday (20 October).
Bound by the new, tough election rules, candidates are allowed to talk to constituency meetings only on the issues covered by the new manifesto -- the party's five year aims for agriculture, health, education and industrial development. They are permitted to advance arguments on their personal suitability for election ... but forbidden to comment on the possible shortcomings of their rivals.
Officials expect a large turnout from Tanzania's 5.8 million registered voters ... and some forecast a large turnover in elected candidates. In both of the country's previous elections, a significant number of prominent government officials and bureaucrats have suffered polling defeats.