Tanzania will conduct an investigation into the administrative failures that marred Sunday’s local government elections, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Hawa Ghasia said Monday. Ghasia apologised for the errors in the voting process and asked local administrators to submit a report on their election preparations to avoid a repeat of the same mistakes, Tanzania’s The Guardian reported. She said the National Electoral Commission (NEC) would take over election administration in 2019.
“As the responsible minister I am very disappointed with the way the polls were conducted,” she said. “Now NEC has agreed to supervise the polls beginning 2019.”
Serious irregularities were reported in 13 regions, including Dar es Salaam, and their polls will be repeated next Sunday, Tanzania’s The Citizen reported. Opposition parties made significant gains in Sunday’s elections.