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Cablegate: Zanzibar/Pemba: Donor Joint Statement

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SUBJECT: ZANZIBAR/PEMBA: DONOR JOINT STATEMENT

REF: DAR ES SALAAM 517

1. Embassy released the following text to media August 13, on
behalf of Canada, Japan, and Norway. Sweden, on behalf of
the EU Heads of Mission, issued a statement with identical
substance.

Begin text:

Statement by Heads of Mission in Tanzania of Canada, Japan,
Norway and the United States of America on the Voter
Registration Process in Zanzibar.

We, the undersigned Heads of Mission, would like to underline
that the right to vote is a fundamental democratic principle.
It is the responsibility of the Government of the United
Republic of Tanzania to ensure that all Tanzanians will have
the possibility to exercise this right in the 2010 elections.

The Heads of Mission are seriously concerned about what
appear to be flawed elements in the voter registration
process in Zanzibar. Specifically, we are concerned about
reports that many Tanzanian citizens on Pemba are facing
obstacles to obtain a Zanzibar ID, which has become the
principal criterion for voter registration on Zanzibar, and
that the issuance of Zanzibar IDs is subject to irregular
influence.

The Heads of Mission expect the Government of the United
Republic of Tanzania and the Revolutionary Government of
Zanzibar to ensure that all necessasry measures are taken to
rectify the current shortcomings of the voter registration
process. The totality of the changes should ensure that no
Tanzanians, including Zanzibaris, will be denied the right to
vote in the 2010 elections.

Simultaneously, the Heads of Mission strongly encourage all
political parties and groups to refrain from any violence and
use peaceful means to express their opinions and differences.

End text.
ANDRE

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