The Zanzibar Electoral Commission
(ZEC) accredited JUWAUZA to observe the 2020 Zanzibar General elections as a
local independent citizen-based, non-partisan and impartial observation group.
JUWAUZA specific mission was to assess whether the Gender and Social
Inclusion Policy of 2015 was observed and determine the extent to which the
elections were peaceful and inclusive. Referring to Section 4.3 of the Gender
and Social Inclusion Policy of 2015 which set forth on “Prevention and
Mitigation of Electoral Violence”, JUWAUZA saw the urge to play an increasingly
visible role in the electoral process to consolidate the ongoing democratic
gains, to see if there was electoral violence and understanding its merging due
to inhibiting factor for free and effective participation of social groups in
the electoral process.
JUWAUZA’s first election observation effort was made
possible with the support of the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) through the National Democratic Institute (NDI) which
provided financial and technical assistance where a total of $ 179,092 was
invested to support this citizen election observation.