The High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Tanzania of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the
European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, today issued the following
statement regarding the recent announcement of an election re-run in Zanzibar:
“We reiterate our concern with the Zanzibar Electoral Commission’s decision to annul the
election of October 25, 2015, without having provided evidence to substantiate its claim that
irregularities had taken place, and despite the positive assessments of electoral observation
missions conducted by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the African Union, the Southern African
Development Community, the East African Community, the European Union, and the United
States of America.
“We regret that an election re-run was announced, while a dialogue between parties was still
ongoing. For the benefit of all Tanzanians, we reaffirm our belief that the current political
impasse in Zanzibar would be best addressed through a mutually acceptable and negotiated
“We are deeply concerned that the unilateral declaration of a re-run may lead to an escalation of
intimidation and tensions. We commend the population of Zanzibar for having exercised calm
and restraint to this date, and call on all parties and their supporters to continue to work together
towards finding a peaceful solution.
“In order to be credible, electoral processes must be inclusive and representative. Under the
current circumstances, the provision of international electoral observation would be difficult to
“We urge President Magufuli to exercise leadership in this political impasse, and to pursue his
previous calls for a negotiated solution between parties, so as to ensure a peaceful outcome,
but also one that ensures the integrity of the electoral process.