CCM in Z’bar blames Hamad

ZIFF chief guest, 1st vice president, Maalim Seif Sharif at ZIFF 2013
ZIFF chief guest, 1st vice president, Maalim Seif Sharif at ZIFF 2013

CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Zanzibar has condemned recent statements from Mr Seif Sharif Hamad, Zanzibar’s presidential candidate from the Civic United Front (CUF), saying he wants to plunge the Islands into political instability.

CCM Deputy Secretary General (Zanzibar), Mr Vuai Ali Vuai, said at a press conference here yesterday that Mr Hamad has violated the election laws and constitution by declaring himself the winner and instigating violence by pushing the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce the results and winner of the election held last Sunday.

“We ask the respective authorities to charge Maalim Seif for deliberate violation of the constitution and his attempt to cause insecurity,” Mr Vuai said. ZEC chairman, Mr Jecha Salim Jecha, annulled the elections in the Isles.

Flanked by the some CCM bigwigs including Mr Pandu Ameir Kificho (House of Representative Speaker) and Mr Ramadhan Abdalla Shaaban, the CCM deputy Secretary General said his party is preparing for fresh polls because the nullified elections were marred with cheating. “ZEC is weak, as its commissioners failed to observe regulations.

We have evidence of massive cheating in the polls which Mr Hamad claims to have won. We support fresh polls,” Mr Vuai said. He asked development partners and observers to remain impartial and avoid pressing ZEC to recall the elections process which was affected by irregularities.

Meanwhile, the presidential flag bearer for Tanzania Alliance for Farmers Party (AFP), Mr Said Soud, has suggested the formation of a special committee that will form an interim government in Zanzibar.

Mr Soud told reporters in Zanzibar that the past elections were full of irregularities which had not been noticed by observers and that fresh poll was the answer.

He suggested that the interim government should include all presidential candidates, lawyers and respected academicians. “I advise Mr Hamad to avoid being emotional. He should not push things fast.

We need to move on slowly for the interest of our Islands. He must be patient and resolve this crisis gradually,” Mr Soud said. He said cheating was noticed during the verification process and it was a surprise that in some polling stations some political party agents were absent just because their identity cards could not be traced.