Accept election results, leaders advised
By Correspondent, Zanzibar, IPP Media
Mon, Oct 18, 2004
Political leaders have been urged to inculcate the culture of conceding defeat during elections to minimize political upheavals, the Kaskazini B District Commissioner, Vuai Ali Vuai, has said.
The DC, who was briefing journalists after completion of his three weeks tour of the US, said Zanzibar has been plunged into political crisis hitherto by political leaders who refuse to honour election results.
He said Zanzibar would build true and strong democracy if people were given an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.
The DC added that many African countries have got themselves in a political crisis because of the actions of opposition leaders who perceive elections to be fair only when they have won.
Vuai hailed the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) for political maturity by accepting defeat in Pemba where it has lost a number of seats.
He said though there maybe differences on policy, it is apt for leaders to work together for the sake of national unity,
A seasoned politician, Naila Majid Jidawi, said: “We must agree and be open for change, we must give people freedom to make their decisions.
Zanzibaris do not want to witness violence but true democracy that would enable them sort out their differences amicably.”