President vows clean elections

2010-03-02 11:37

TANZANIAN President Jakaya Kikwete vowed a new election law would

impose tighter controls on campaign financing and improve the standards of this

year’s polls.

Kikwete, speaking late on Sunday in his monthly televised address,

said the new measures were crucial to ensuring the credibility of the

legislative and presidential elections due in October.

“The whole electoral process... right from nomination of a

candidate by a political party to actual election and activities after the polls

can all be subjected to legal scrutiny under the new law,” Kikwete said.

“There is evidence that some people spend excessively during the

electoral process. The trend is worrisome, with the emergence of some people in

the country ready to buy their way into leadership positions at any cost.”

The east African country of 44?million, which relies heavily on

donor money, has been criticised over widespread corruption and last year

admitted to losing a third of its annual budget through graft and

embezzlement.

Kikwete said that under the Election Expenses Act, political

parties and individuals must disclose the amount and the source of the money

spent during the campaign and election processes. “Transparency and full

accountability are vital components of a serious democratic set up. Nothing

should be done secretly.”

In October, Tanzania will hold local, legislative and presidential

polls, the country’s fourth since the re-introduction of multi-party

politics.

Kikwete has declared his intention of running for a second and

final five-year mandate.


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