Jamila Masoud

Attributing the turn up to constitutional review awareness

Jamila Masoud (34) is a mother of two residing with her family at Magharibi district, MjiniMagharibi region in Unguja. It was her first time to register as she previously lived in Tanzania mainland until recently when the family shifted back to Zanzibar. Jamila was pregnant during registration and she now has a one month little[…]

registration by region and gender

Registered voters by region and gender

The chart below presents newly released data from the National Electoral Commission, which gives breakdowns of the number of male and female registered voters by region. In most regions, the numbers of female and male registered voters are similar, with a few exceptions. Most notably, there are more female than male registered voters in Geita[…]

registered voters by age

Registered voters by age

The National Electoral Commission has released a breakdown of registered voters by age group, which has been compiled into the chart below. It shows how a clear majority (57%) of registered voters are young people, defined here as those under 35 years old. This matches the age profile of the adult population of Tanzania. The[…]

registered voters by region

Registered and eligible voters by region (and Zanzibar)

The chart below shows the number of eligible and registered voters by mainland region, and for Zanzibar. It is based on data on population and estimates of the number of eligible voters by region from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), and data on registered voters from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Zanzibar Electoral[…]

My right

Because I knew it was my right to register and vote!

Winifrida Charles (19) is a student at Vocational Educational and Training Authority in Dar es Salaam and lives in Temeke District. Winifrida is one of the young girls who registered for the first time as she just turned 18 years last year. She shares her story how she received information and her participation in the[…]


Local leader plays role in sensitizing communities towards elections

Mrisho Juma Mtwana (62) is a Sheha for Mtemani Shehia in Wete District, Kaskazini region in Pemba since 2011. As a community leader his role has been to educate the community to participate in elections by ensuring they register and vote. Mrisho says, “I was sensitizing community members to ensure they understand why they should[…]

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Collaboration between religious leaders and government officials proves fruitful in Pemba

Fakih Sleyyum Faki (52) is a National Electoral Commission (NEC) officer for Micheweni district, Kaskazini region in Pemba. Fakih was responsible for coordination of the registration exercise and is now involved in other election preparatory activities. He played the same role during the 2010 elections. Fakih started by providing some information about the two electoral[…]

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A religious leader’s role in voter registration

Juma Said (70) is a deputy Imam for Tiba Masjid at Konde Shehia, Micheweni district, Kaskazini Region in Pemba. Said registered through the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system during previous election in Zanzibar under Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC). Juma was aware of the 2015 registration through the Zanzibar Electoral Committe (ZEC) and National Electoral Commission[…]

peer influence

Queues as a deterrent to youth registration

Thomas Mathias (24) is a resident of Arusha Municipal Council. Thomas graduated from University of Dodoma (UDOM) just this year. Speaking of how he became aware of the registration exercise Thomas says, “I knew about the voter’s registration at the initial stages when I was at the university but I did not take it serious[…]