The 1975 Tanzanian Elections: the Disturbing 6 per cent
In Western elections analysts would normally concentrate on the majority of votes, rather than on the actions of 6 per cent. In the Tanzanian presidential election of 1975, the 6 per cent of votes cast against Julius K. Nyerere, the President and only candidate nominated by the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), was a disquieting result leading the ruling party to think seriously about its political mobilisation capability. One might laugh at a seemingly partisan exaggeration of dissent, but it would be preferable to follow the advice of Bismarck Mwansasu and try to discover the reasons for these six percentage points of dissent — as well as for the total results of the October 1975 Tanzanian election.
KeywordsPresidential Election Parliamentary Election Registered Voter Universal Suffrage Negative Vote
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