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In Tanzania, a civil society organisation challenged an electoral law that allowed political candidates to give gifts to voters (“takrima”). This was challenged because it facilitated corruption, leading candidates to start buying votes.
The Tanzanian High Court found that the electoral law violated the rights to equal treatment and non-discrimination regarding political participation in the Tanzanian Constitution as they discriminated against political candidates with lower incomes. They also found that the electoral law violated the right to free and fair elections in the constitution by undermining the democratic process.
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