Statement of Concern on By-Elections on August 12, 2018

The United States is concerned by the conduct of by-elections that took place in Tanzania on August 12, 2018. Credible accounts of election violence and irregularities include refusal by National Election Commission authorities to register opposition candidates, intimidation by police of opposition party members, unwarranted arrests, and suppression of freedoms of assembly and speech in the lead up to the by-elections. Such actions undermine the rights that Tanzania’s Constitution guarantees its citizens and jeopardize peace, stability, and security in the country and throughout the region.