1963 Zanzibari general election

General elections were held in Zanzibar in July 1963. The number of seats was increased from 22 to 31, and the result was a victory for the Zanzibar Nationalist Party and Zanzibar and Pemba People's Party alliance, which won 18 seats, despite the fact that the Afro-Shirazi Party, which had won 13, claimed 54.2% of the vote. Voter turnout was estimated to be 99.1%.[1]

The ZNP-ZPPP alliance, which involved the two parties not running candidates against each other in their strongholds, was invited to form a government, and led the country to independence on 10 December that year. However, on 12 January 1964, the Zanzibar Revolution brought the ASP to power.[2]

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Afro-Shirazi Party 87,085 54.2 13 +3
Zanzibar Nationalist Party 47,950 29.9 12 +2
Zanzibar and Pemba People's Party 25,609 15.9 6 +3
Invalid/blank votes 2,866 - - -
Total 163,510 100 31 +8
Source: Nohlen et al.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p880 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ Zanzibar: 1963 Elections EISA