Founded in 1994, the Tanzania Election Monitoring Committee (TEMCO) is a domestic election observation group which is citizen-based, non-partisan, impartial and autonomous. It consists of 162 member organizations, including the civil society, faith based, trade unions, academia and business groups. On behalf of the citizens, TEMCO objectively evaluates elections to determine the extent to which they are peaceful, credible, free and fair.
TEMCO’s methodology builds on the scientific approach the political scientists at the University of Dar es Salaam have used since 1965 in studying elections. It has monitored general elections, by-elections and referenda since 1995 when the United Republic of Tanzania reverted to multiparty political system. The major thrust of TEMCO is to build voter confidence and participation as well as to facilitate oversight of the electoral processes. Impartiality, integrity, objectivity, credibility, transparency as well as professionalism, legality and accountability are the values that govern the behavior and conduct of TEMCO observers.