Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Ethics Committee has suspended Chadema presidential candidate Tundu Lissu from campaigning, for a period of seven days.
In a statement, NEC’s Ethics Committee Secretary, Emmmanuel Kavishe, said the suspension follows Lissu’s alleged contravention of electoral rules during his campaign rallies. According to Kavishe, Lissu while campaigning in Mara, claimed that President John Pombe Magufuli had convened a meeting with returning officers countrywide with the intention of sabotaging the upcoming elections.
The NEC Secretary further said that Lissu was quoted to have made other seditious comments that were aimed at humiliating the complainants contrary to the elections ethic.
The two political parties that filed the complaints are Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and NRA.
“The NEC ethics committee is satisfied that information on the violation of ethics submitted against Tundu lissu is according to the procedure taking into consideration article 39 of the 1977 constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania where Lissu was sponsored by his party to be the Presidential Candidate, therefore, the letter of complaint delivered to NEC was correct,” Kavishe said.
Recently NEC issued a letter to Mr. Lissu calling him to show report and defend himself against the complaints raised, however, during his campaigns the Chadema presidential candidate said he had not seen the letter prompting the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Simon Siro to summon him on October 1 to police Moshi.