Seven million Tanzanians have registered to vote in the country's Presidential and Parliamentary elections on October 26.
GV EXTERIOR Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
GV Tanzania's ruling revolutionary party (CCM) delegates walking in parade through streets of city.
GV Tanzania's Vice President, Aboud Jumbe, is greeted by party official as he arrives at Jubilee Hall.
GV President Julius Nyerere gets out of car and walks up steps to be greeted by party officials.
GV INTERIOR Main table in conference hall.
SV President Nyerere addressing conference in Swahili.
Tanzania's current economic problems tem largely from the high cost of last year's war in Uganda, two bad harvests, adverse terms of trade and a soaring fuel bill. There will be about 240 seats in the next Parliament -- 11 of them filled by direct election from constituencies.
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Background: Seven million Tanzanians have registered to vote in the country's Presidential and Parliamentary elections on October 26. The nation-wide poll is being held as Tanzania struggles to overcome its most severe economic difficulties since its independence 19 years ago. President Julius Nyerere says he has decided to stand for leadership for a fifth time -- despite indicating after the last elections in 1975 that he might stand down this year.
SYNOPSIS: The Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar-es-Salaam was the venue for the conference of Tanzania's ruling revolutionary party on Thursday (25 September). Conference delegates walked through the city streets in procession before the official opening of the Party National Electoral Conference.
The October elections also involve the election of the President of Tanzania -- a position presently held by Tanzania's Vice President Aboud Jumbe. Zanzibar joined Tanganyika in 1964 to from Tanzania.
There is little doubt that the 58-year-old Dr. Nyerere will win the required majority in the Presidential elections. In the 1975 elections, he was accorded an overwhelming "yes" vote by 92 percent of the voting population.
As predicted, delegates at Thursday's Electoral Conference nominated "Mwalimu" as their sole candidate for the 1980 elections. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Nyerere said he had only recently -- and reluctantly -- agreed not to stand down. He had take this decision only because of Tanzania's "poor state of economy". But, he said, even if a man is elected for life, he is "not immortal".