Statement on President Magufuli’s Assurances of Free and Fair Elections

We are encouraged by President Magufuli’s January 21 assurances that the 2020 elections will be free, fair, and transparent, and by his invitation to international election observers.  We welcome an election where all citizens and candidates from all parties are able to gather peacefully, express their opinions, and campaign on an equal basis.  We urge the rapid and transparent registration of voters, the creation of independent electoral commissions, and the early accreditation of credible long and short-term, national and international election observers.