GOODLUCK JONATHAN TO RECONCILE IN ZANZIBAR POLL STALEMATE ~ :: Habari Duniani

Zanzibar. The Commonwealth has appointed former President Goodluck Jonathan to lead the charge for the resolution of the political stalemate in the semi-independent island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania United Republic.
Goodluck Jonathan
After the October 25 general election which produced John Magufuli as the new President of Tanzania, the Jonathan-led COG and other international observers had endorsed the polling processes as credible. The appointment followed his highly acclaimed leadership of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to last month’s Tanzania general election.

The government made the nullification of the election results in October even after strong opposition and criticism from the opposition. Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) cited violations of the electoral law as reason for the nullification.

The new appointment was conveyed to Jonathan last week in a letter sent to him by the Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma. Jonathan’s new appointment as Commonwealth Special representative is seen as an affirmation of the former President’s towering status as the moral face of democracy and transparent polling in Africa.

Jonathan has now been drafted in to quell the tension brewing on the island of Zanzibar, following the nullification of the presidential election results by the local electoral body, citing irregularities.
International observers have continued to dispute the decision, on the grounds that both the voting and counting processes were held in an atmosphere of peace.

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