October 28, 2015 / 12:42 PM / 4 years ago

Tanzania's opposition leader calls for recount of presidential vote

Tanzania's former Prime Minister and main opposition party CHADEMA presidential candidate Edward Lowassa addresses his final campaign rally in Jangwani playing fields on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Sadi Said

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian presidential candidate and opposition leader Edward Lowassa on Wednesday called for a recount of Sunday’s presidential poll, saying he would not accept the result because of voting irregularities.

“We want the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to immediately halt the announcement of results of the presidential election,” Lowassa, who leads the Ukawa opposition coalition, told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“We demand that NEC should do a verification of the results and recount the votes,” he said.

The NEC had said it would announce the winner of the vote on Thursday, with preliminary results showing John Magufuli, candidate for the ruling CCM party, ahead of Lowassa.

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