President John Pombe Magufuli has been re-elected into office for the second term after emerging the overall winner of the polls which were held on Wednesday October 28.
The announcement was made on Friday by the National Electoral Commission chairman Judge Semistocles Kaijage in Dar es Salaam after concluding the vote counting exercise.
He recorded 84 percent of votes in a poll his main rival, Tundu Lissu, said was riddled with irregularities such as ballot-box stuffing.
Lissu, the Chadema party candidate, won only 13 percent of the vote, after denouncing widespread fraud, intimidation, and oppression of the opposition.
He said: “The commission declares John Magufuli of CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi) who garnered the majority of votes as the winner in the presidential seat.”
Voter turnout was 50.7 percent from more than 29 million voters, with over 260,000 votes declared invalid.
Magufuli won with only 58 percent of the vote in 2015.