U.S. Embassy Statement on Elections in Zanzibar

The United States Government is gravely alarmed by the recent statement of the Chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission in which he announced his intent to nullify the results of the Zanzibari presidential election.  This action halted an orderly and peaceful election, as evaluated by observer missions from the U.S. Embassy, European Union, Commonwealth, and Southern Africa Development Community, and a tabulation process nearing completion.  We call for this announcement to be recalled, and urge all parties to maintain a commitment to a transparent and peaceful democratic process.  The people of Zanzibar deserve that.