Chadema, the main opposition party, refused to take part, saying its candidates were fearful or disqualified from running [Filbert Rweyemamu/AFP]
The long-ruling CCM party ran almost entirely unopposed in local government polls held on November 24.
The opposition boycotted the vote, citing violence and intimidation that rights groups say have become a hallmark of Magufuli’s leadership.
His party clinched most of the 16,000 seats for street and village leaders – influential posts essential for grassroots campaigning ahead of next year’s presidential election, in which Magufuli is expected to run again.
Chadema, the main opposition