Submitted to The Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Submitted on January 17, 2019
Honorable Chair and distinguished members of this Committee
We have honored your kind invitation to contribute to the review of this important Special Bill Supplement (as received) by submitting our written analysis on the proposed amendments. Broadly, we believe that it is important and timely to amend the Political Parties Act (CAP 258, 2002) in order to improve the management of political parties specifically, and broadly for promoting democracy, good governance and development in the country.
We particularly acknowledge several proposed revisions and addition of new sections that:
However, we have serious reservations on several sections of the proposed amendments such that we believe, if adopted as they are, this Act will have adverse effects on democracy and the basic civic and political rights of citizens of the United Republic of Tanzania. We strongly observe that limiting people’s basic rights and failure to promote democracy in the country will lead to an apathetic citizenry, incapable of meaningfully contributing towards sustainable development for themselves and the nation at large.
Deeply concerned by the unnecessary criminalization of the basic duties and responsibilities of political parties and other actors, combined with excessively punitive measures without provisions for due process in the Act, we make the following general comments:
In subsequent pages (see the attached link), we provide detailed analysis to support our general and specific comments. We humbly submit, Center for Strategic Litigation Media Council of Tanzania Legal and Human Rights Centre Tanganyika Law Society Twaweza WAHAMAZA Analysis of the Political Parties (Amendment) Act, 2018: Joint analysis by LHRC, TWAWEZA, TLS, MCT, Center for Strategic Litigation and WAHAMAZA
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