PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called upon Tanzanians to ensure that the forthcoming general election is conducted peacefully to allow the country to attain its intended goals.

The PM said that political parties were currently conducting primaries to elect aspirants who will vie for parliamentary, councillorship and house of representatives seats in the October election.

“Our country is scheduled to commence political campaigns in the near future which will be followed by the general election… most Tanzanians have shown interest to contest for various posts during the primaries; thus we should ensure that the process is conducted peacefully in order to attain our objectives,” PM Majaliwa said.

Premier Majaliwa made the call during the Idd- al-Hajj Baraza held at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam. Muslims in Tanzania yesterday joined fellow worshippers worldwide to mark the crucial event.

The celebrations remind Muslims how Ibrahim had passed a difficult test when he was told by Allah to sacrifice his son Ismail but due to his obedience, Allah gave him a ram and sacrificed it instead of Ismail.

The event also marks the end of Hajj, a five-day pilgrimage all able-bodied and financially capable Muslims are obliged to undertake once in their lifetime.

Premier Majaliwa said that President John Magufuli had assured Tanzanians of free and fair elections, calling upon religious leaders to continue praying for the exercise.

He said contestants should avoid seditious statements and abusive language in their campaigns and market their parties’ election manifestos.