Tanzania President John Magufuli faces a record of fourteen rivals in the October 28 elections after the electoral commission knocked down three of the candidates presented on Wednesday.
His main competitor in the race for his second term will be Tundu Lissu, the candidate of the main opposition party, Chadema. Lissu returned from exile last month after three years in Belgium, where he received medical treatment following an assassination attempt.
The opposition’s candidacy took longer to approve than the rest of the candidates, according to the local newspaper The Citizen, which said electoral commission officials spent five hours reviewing all of Lissu’s documents before handing them in have it’s ok.
The 15 candidates validated for the October election, in which Tanzanians will also vote for parliament, are a record in Tanzania. There were seven candidates in the last presidential election in 2015, compared to ten in 2010. Four candidates took place in the first multi-party presidential election in 1995.