US Predicts Violence in Tanzania Elections

The US Government has predicted unpredictable explosion of violence during Tanzania’s 2015 general elections and has warned its citizens to take precautionary measures.

America’s ‘Ministry of Foreign Affairs’, The State Department, has alerted U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Tanzania to be careful with the upcoming general elections scheduled for October 25, 2015.

A published statement says “U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on November 30, 2015.”

The statement adds: The State Department recommends  that U.S. citizens maintain a high level of security awareness leading up to, during, and following the election period. U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as even gatherings intended to be peaceful can become confrontational and turn violent.

The statement continues:  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Although there have been no specific incidents of violence targeting U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and stay current with media coverage of local events.

“Monitor local media for any changes in the election schedule. Election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election. For more information about security conditions in Tanzania, please see the Country Specific Information page for Tanzania link.


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“Contact the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, located at 646 Old Bagamoyo Rd, Msasani, Dar es Salaam, at+255-22-229-4000 or e-mail, and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m and Friday 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +255-22-229-4000 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

“Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays),” the statement says.   SOURCE: US Government passport control office.