Despite nationwide reports of restricted internet access and arrest of an opposition leader, polls have opened ready for the general election in Tanzania.
President John Magufuli, whose Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has ruled the country since independence, is seeking a second term in office.
His main rival is Tundu Lissu of the biggest opposition party Chadema, who survived an assassination attempt three years ago.
Reports indicate that both Magufuli and Mr. Lissu have attracted huge crowds during their campaigns although Mr Lissu’s campaign was suspended for seven days after being accused of sedition by the electoral commission.
A total of 15 candidates are vying for the position including former foreign minister Bernard Membe, who defected from the ruling party and is now the leader of ACT Wazalendo party.
29.1 million citizens are registered to vote in today’s election, which is six million higher than the 2015 polls.
Voters have until 4.00pm local time to cast their votes.
Under Tanzania’s electoral rules, the winning candidate requires a simple majority to become president.
Results are expected to be announced withing one week.