Tanzanian general election, 1975

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General elections were held in Tanzania on 26 October 1975. The country was a one-party state at the time, with the Tanganyika African National Union as the sole legal party on the mainland, and the Afro-Shirazi Party was the only party in Zanzibar. For the National Assembly election there were two candidates from the same party in each of the constituencies (although 40 were elected unopposed),[1] whilst the presidential election was effectively a referendum on TANU leader Julius Nyerere's candidacy.

Voter turnout was 81.7% for both elections.[2] The country's population was around 15 million at the time of the election.[1]


Presidential election[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 4,172,267 93.25
Against 302,005 6.75
Invalid/blank votes 83,323 -
Total 4,557,595 100
Source: African Elections Database

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
TANU-ASP 4,474,267 100 223
Invalid/blank votes 83,328 - -
Total 4,557,595 100 223
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ a b Tanzania: The 1975 Elections EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, pp880-884 ISBN 0-19-829645-2