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Zanzibar faces fresh elections amid crisis talks

The annulment came after a key candidate, Seif Sharif Hamad of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF), declared himself the winner before the results were officially announcedZanzibar has formally annulled October’s elections meaning a rerun appears more likely, despite continued negotiations to strike a political deal on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands. Despite fierce opposition criticism, the government gazette on Wednesday formalised the nullification of the October 25 polls, cancelled after the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) cited “violations of electoral law”. The annulment came after a key candidate, Seif Sharif Hamad of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF), declared himself the winner before the results were officially announced.

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