By Moshi Shabani
Tanzanian Political parties with no representatives in the parliament have blamed the office of Registrar of Political Parties for not involving them in the process of amending the Political Parties Act.
Renatus Muhabi who is the Chairperson of General Secretaries Union from parties with no representative in the house, said on 28 August they received the letter from Registrar of Political Parties, wanted them to submit their proposal on the draft of amending the Political Parties Act 1992 within 14 days.
“The time frame is not enough for us to come up with views, afterall the Political Parties registrar seeking for opinions from our parties, without giving us the Draft,” told reporters in Dar es Salaam.
He questioned the decision to exclude them, while the other parties including Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT-Wazalendo), Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), Civic United Front (CUF) National Convention for Construction and Reform (NCCR- Mageuzi) and Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) were given the Draft.
General Secretary of Alliance for Democratic Change (ADC), Doyo Hassan Doyo said each changes of the law in the country is a process which requires involving of all concerned stakeholders to discuss and provide the opinion from the beginning.
“What the registrar’s office done is discrimination, decision should be considered rules and regulations,” he said as represented his party.
Another member of the union, General Secretary of National Reconstruction Alliance (NRA) Hassan Almas said: “It is not easy to us to accomplish the registrar’s order in few days, because political parties before making decision should conduct a general meeting whereby members got opportunity to discuss the matter broadly, but the process needs money too; suggested the registrar’s office should provide them with fund to conduct the meeting.