Tanzanian general election, 1990

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General elections were held in Tanzania on 28 October 1990. The country was a one-party state at the time, with the Chama Cha Mapinduzi as the sole legal party. For the National Assembly election there were two candidates from the same party in each constituencies, whilst the presidential election was effectively a referendum on CCM leader Ali Hassan Mwinyi's candidacy.

The number of constituencies was increased from 119 to 130.[1][2] Voter turnout was 74.4% of the 7,296,553 registered voters.[3][4]

Following the lifting of the ban on other political parties in 1992,[5] this was the last one-party election to be held in Tanzania.


Presidential election[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 5,198,120 97.78
Against 117,366 2.21
Invalid/blank votes 109,796 -
Total 5,425,282 100
Source: African Elections Database

National Assembly[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Chama Cha Mapinduzi 5,007,027 100 284
Invalid/blank votes 418,255 - -
Total 5,425,282 100 284
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Tanzania: The 1985 Elections EISA
  2. ^ Tanzania: The 1990 Elections EISA
  3. ^ Elections in Tanzania African Elections Database
  4. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, pp881-885 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  5. ^ Tanzania: 1994 Local Government Multiparty Elections EISA