Some charts from Twaweza’s latest Sauti za Wananchi brief this week, asking Tanzanians about their views of the second draft new constitution – the one that’s supposed to be under discussion by the Constituent Assembly in Dodoma at the moment.
This survey was conducted in parallel with a similar survey on Zanzibar, Wasemavyo Wazanzibari, run by the International Law and Policy institute (ILPI).
The survey did ask about the hot topic of the moment – the Union between Tanzania mainland / Tanganyika and Zanzibar – but I will focus instead on some of the other issues raised in the draft. Because we should not forget that these are also important.
So here are the charts:
- Tanzanians, particularly on the mainland, like the proposed constitutional provisions for transparency, accountability and for strong checks and balances.
- There is a lot of support (67%) for the constitution to allow independent candidates for the presidency and parliamentary seats
- There is very strong support (91%) for a recall mechanism that would allow citizens to oust their MP if they are not performing
- There is clear support (70%) for term limits for MPs (3 x five year terms)