Tanzanians approach competitive election with confidence in freedom to choose


As Tanzanians approach a competitive election for president, a majority of citizens say they trust the National Electoral Commission “a lot” or “somewhat,” and most feel “completely free” to vote for the candidate of their choice, according to new Afrobarometer survey findings.

Despite this confidence, significant proportions of the population voice concerns about the likelihood of a fair vote count, about bribery of voters, and about biased media coverage, and some citizens express fear of election-related intimidation and violence.

A majority of survey respondents say that economic conditions in the country are “fairly” or “very” bad and the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Survey findings related to Tanzania’s elections are detailed in dispatch No. 52 and dispatch No. 50.

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