ARUSHA (AA) – The UN’s office in Tanzania has reaffirmed its commitment to the country’s democratization process through a $25-million initiative – dubbed the Democratic Empowerment Project (DEP) – to be carried out by the United Nations Development Program in collaboration with the UN Women organization and UNESCO.
“The UN will continue to work closely with the Tanzanian authorities and its people to ensure the coming election [slated for October 25] is free and fair,” UN Resident Coordinator Alvaro Rodriguez said in a press statement.
According to Rodriguez, the DEP aims to support legal and institutional reforms, improve the capacities of the country’s electoral authorities, and promote an inclusive electoral process.
The initiative also aims to support both Tanzania’s National Electoral Council (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Council (ZEC) with a view to improving their respective institutional capacities, particularly in terms of the voter registration process.
Other stakeholders expected to benefit from the DEP initiative are Tanzania’s Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, the local media, civil society and political parties, as well as groups representing youth, women and the disabled.
The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, for its part, has already nominated John Pombe Magufuli as its candidate for president.
The country’s four main opposition parties – Chadema, NCCR-Mageuzi, the Civic United Front and the National League for Democracy – are currently in talks in hopes of fielding a single presidential candidate.
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