PEOPLE with special needs and members of armed forces will cast their vote one day ahead of the general election here to enable them perform their duties, including security enforcement.
Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) has introduced the arrangement to avail all people with an opportunity to vote without interfering their duties.
ZEC Director Thabit Idarous made the revelation yesterday while officiating at the three day training for journalists on the general election that is scheduled for next year.
Mr Idarous said that the amendments to the Electoral Commission Act No. 4 of 2018 provide for the chance for groups in pursuit of the electoral process to vote one day before the election day to give them opportunity to carry out other important tasks.
He noted that the amendments have come after it was revealed that members of defence and security forces do not exercise their democratic right to vote and choose leaders as they usually have other responsibilities during the day.
“This reform will allow some of the actors entrusted with important tasks to vote one day before the general elections,” he said, adding that at the moment the commission is in the process of drafting regulations to stakeholders to provide for voting before election day.
He further stated that preparations were underway to register new voters in the next general elections as well as verify the Permanent Voter Register.
Tanzania Civil Society Consortium on Election Observation (TACCEO) Senior Officer Martina Kabisama urged journalists to adhere to values and regula- tions to properly educate mem- bers of the community during the period.