The October 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections are Tanzania’s fifth national elections since the resumption of multiparty politics in 1992. These elections represent an opportunity for civil society organizations (CSOs) to contribute to a peaceful, transparent and credible electoral process. In the past 20 years, the country has been viewed as a beacon of peace and stability in the East Africa region. However, amid a divisive constitutional reform process, as well as increasing tensions between the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and a united coalition of four opposition political parties, the Coalition of Defenders of People’s Constitution (UKAWA), the 2015 contest could be the most competitive and contentious elections in Tanzania in recent memory.
With the overall goal of enhancing the prospects for credible and peaceful national elections, Internews will partner with the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems to implement an 18-month program that will increase the capacity for cooperation among domestic observers to provide effective civil society oversight of the electoral process.
More specifically, Internews will work to strengthen the ability of traditional and non-traditional media to report accurate information on the elections and referendum to the public, and specifically youth. Internews will assess the Tanzanian media landscape, train and mentor journalists on election and post-election coverage; specifically addressing election-issues affecting women and conflict sensitive journalism; host roundtable discussions between media and electoral stakeholders; and monitor traditional and new media throughout the election cycle.