Dar es Salaam — President Magufuli yesterday directed those overseeing CCM’s parliamentary primaries to observe transparency with a view to promoting democracy and avoid irregularities.

“I am optimistic that the preferential polls slated for today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today) will be transparent and fair,” said the Head of State.

He said out of 10,367 of the ruling party’s cadres who collected nomination forms ahead of the October General Election, 10,321 had returned them in time.

Dr Magufuli directed that votes be counted openly, in the presence of all members so they can know what is going on.

“This is what we call democracy, genuine democracy,” he noted.

This, President Magufuli expounded, would in turn continue cementing the party’s unity.

“We need to emulate what the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC) did during the process of picking presidential candidates (for Zanzibar and Union government),” said Dr Magufuli.

In a transparent intra-party election held July 10 this year at the capital Dodoma, CCM through NEC picked the Defence minister, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, as Zanzibar presidential candidate in the October polls.

He won the nomination by over 78.65 percent, in a vote that was supervised by President Magufuli.

Dr Mwinyi, the son of the second President of Tanzania Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who garnered 129 votes beat the former Zanzibar Chief Minister, Mr Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, and former Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Khalid Mohamed.

On the same date, the ruling party also unanimously endorsed President Magufuli as the flag bearer for the upcoming presidential polls as he had no opponent in the process.

Meanwhile, yesterday President Magufuli sworn in the Njombe Regional Commissioner, Mr Marwa Rubirya, Natural Resources and Tourism permanent secretary, Dr Aloyce Nzuki, and his deputy Dr Allan Kijazi,