Inhabitants of Tanzania's Indian Ocean Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba have been voting in the first elections held since the Zanzibar revolution of 1964 and union with Tanganyika.
SV People arriving at school polling station near Zanzibar Town and being told where to queue
CU Man holding card showing party symbols of house and home
LV & SV People queue outside school (2 shots)
CU Woman places ballot in box
TV Vice President Aboud Jumbe steps from car and shakes hands with supporters
SV INT Woman in polling booth of up turned school trestle table
SV Jumbe places ballot in box
LV PAN & CU Women queueing outside polling station at Muungoni (3 shots)
SV INT Man places ballot in box at Muungoni
SV & CU Men queueing outside polling station in village of Bwejuu (2 shots)
SV Women queue separately from men
SV INT Man registers vote in booth made of trestles at Bwejuu
Although now ruled by one assembly, Zanzibar retains a degree of independence in relation to internal administration. The creation of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, seen by President Nyerere as the instrument through which the socialist aims of Tanzania will be achieved, means that Zanzibar's economic independence is eroded. Income from clove exports will now go into a common pool.
Zanzibar was proclaimed a republic by the Afro-Shirazi Party in 1964 after the overthrow of the Sultan. Later that year an act of union with Tanganyika was signed and the new state of Tanzania came into being.
Jumbe became vice-president in 1975 after the assassination of Sheikh Abeid Karume. Until these elections, representatives on the Tanzanian national assembly were appointed from the ruling council of the Afro-shirazi party.
The results of these elections should have been announced by now, but neither Reuters nor the Tanzanian High Commission in London have details yet.
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Background: Inhabitants of Tanzania's Indian Ocean Islands of Zanzibar and Pemba have been voting in the first elections held since the Zanzibar revolution of 1964 and union with Tanganyika. At stake are 10 seats in the Tanzanian National Assembly and all the 28 candidates were selected by Tanzania's ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania.
SYNOPSIS: Local officials estimated a 95 per cent turnout for polling on Sunday (18 December), but for many of the island's 400,000 inhabitants it will be the first time they have ever voted. Help was on hand to explain the procedures of democracy to them.
Most of the island's population are African, but the large Arab and Asian populations were also heading for the polling station, this one close to Zanzibar Town.
Tanzania's Vice President Aboud Jumbe came to vote and talk to supporters.
Polling booths were improvised affairs -- in this schoolroom, trestle tables served to do the job.
Vice President Aboud Jumbe cast his vote secretly like everyone else.
Residents of Zanzibar and Pemba gained the right to vote, a privilege enjoyed by residents of the mainland since 1961, earlier this year with the constitutional reforms that saw the union of the mainland's ruling party, the Tanganyika African National Assembly (TANU), with the Afro-Shirazi Party of Zanzibar. The new Chama Cha Mapinduzi party, headed by the nation's President Julius Nyerere resulted.
The unification, as well as giving every citizen voting rights ironed out a constitutional anomaly. Nominally a one-party state, Tanzania had two ruling parties. The mainland also benefited from Zanzibar's strong economy founded on clove exports.