Oct. 25, 2015 Held

Tanzania, United Republic of

United Republic of Tanzania

Election for Tanzanian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:15,193,862
Valid Votes:15,193,862
Invalid Votes:0

Vote Share by Candidate:

John MAGUFULI8,882,935


Edward LOWASSA6,072,848

Election Results Modified: Nov 19, 2015

General Information

At stake in this election:       

  • The office of President of Tanzania

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jakaya KIKWETE
  • Head of Government: President Jakaya KIKWETE
  • Assembly: Tanzania has a unicameral National Assembly (Bunge) with 357 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the National Assembly (Bunge), 239 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms, 102 members are reserved for women to serve 5-year terms, 5 members are allocated to members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives to serve 5-year terms and 10 members are appointed by the President to serve 5-year terms.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race[1]:

  • Candidate: Edward Ngoyai LOWASSA
    • Party: Party for Democracy and Progress (CHADEMA) / Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo
    • Candidate: John Pombe MAGUFULI
  • Party: Party of the Revolution (CCM) / Chama cha Mapinduzi
    • Candidate: Machmillan Elifatio LYIMO
    • Party: Tanzania Labour Party (TLP)
  • Candidate: Lutalosa YEMBE
    • Party: Alliance for Democratic Change (ADC)
    • Candidate: Fahmi Nassoro DOVUTWA
  • Party: United People’s Democratic Party (UPDP)
    • Candidate: Hashim Rungwe SPUNDA
    • Party: Chama cha Ukombozi wa Umma (CHAUMMA)
  • Candidate: Anna Elisha MGHWIRA
    • Party: Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT-WAZALENDO)
    • Candidate: Janken Malik KASAMBALA
  • Party: National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 49,639,138 (2015)[2]
  • Registered voters: 19,670,631 (2010)[3]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 24,912,441 (2015)[4]
  • Is Tanzania a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)[5]
  • Has Tanzania ratified CEDAW: Yes (20 August 1985)[6]
  • Gender Quota: Yes[7]
  • Female Candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Legislators[8]: 126 (36%) of 350 seats in the National Assembly (Bunge)
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 159[9]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: High[10]

Disability Data:

  • Is Tanzania a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)[11]
  • Has Tanzania ratified CRPD: Yes (10 November 2009)[12]
  • Population with a disability: 7,445,871[13]



Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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