Chadema, the main opposition party, refused to take part, saying its candidates were fearful or disqualified from running [Filbert Rweyemamu/AFP]

The United States and the United Kingdom have expressed concern over elections in Tanzania where strongman President John Magufuli’s party won 99 percent of seats, saying the vote lacked credibility.

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.

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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

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