An assessment of enjoyment of the right to vote in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
The right to vote is a fundamental human right which is enshrined in different international human rights instruments. In Tanzania, the right to vote is guaranteed under the Constitution. According to the Constitution all citizens of the age of majority and who are not convicted of any offence are eligible to vote. The only condition is that a person must be registered in the Permanent National Voters Registry. However there are number of factors which can deprive a citizen this important right, whether directly or indirectly. Also the notion of enjoyment of the right to vote is not by voting, it should be based on the ability to choose by having sufficient knowledge required to form proper decision. This work assesses the electoral laws in Tanzania, and sees their effect on the right to vote. The study has discovered that there are electoral laws, rules and regulations which have an effect of violating the right to vote. Thus it is argued in this work that the right to vote is granted by one hand and taken away by the other.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF JQ3519.A5K35)
Suffrage, Elections, Tanzania
Kamanzi, A. (2014) An assessment of enjoyment of the right to vote in Tanzania, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam