Electoral Corruption and the Politics of Elections Financing in Tanzania



Since 1994 when Tanzania held its first multiparty local government elections following the reintroduction of multiparty politics in 1992, corruption has been in a surge. There is a growing concern from civil society organizations, the media and the general public over an excessive use of money and other resources to influence the voters. With the money dictating the conduct of electoral processes, weak or poor candidates and parties have been risking their chance of being elected as they cannot compete with their affluent counterparts. In spite of the introduction of some anti-corruption measures in the country, there is yet no any glimpse of hopes for a breakthrough. Even with the introduction of Election Expenses Act of 2010, there are still a million miles away before corruption can be effectively dealt with. The main implementation challenge to anti-corruption initiatives is the fact that the war against corruption in Tanzania is led by the commanders who are conscience objectors.

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