Long lines of voters in Tanzania went to the polls today for a presidential election that the opposition warns is already deeply compromised by manipulation and deadly violence. The Associated Press reports that Tanzania, once praised for its relative peace and its peace-making efforts in Africa, has become a human rights crisis as diplomats, the United Nations human rights office, and others say the government under President John Magufuli has stifled media, civil society, and opposition voices.
He also has been accused of downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, declaring it defeated through prayer. Meanwhile, the BBC reports that Tanzania’s President John Magufuli voted at Chamwana polling station in the capital, Dodoma alongside the First Lady Janeth at around 10:00 local time.