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Elections: Pan-Igbo group appeals for large turn-out on March 9

  The Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), a pan-Igbo socio-political group, has appealed to Nigerians of Igbo extraction to come out en mass and vote on March 9 elections.   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled Saturday March 9, for Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections nationwide.   The President of the group, […]

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The Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), a pan-Igbo socio-political group, has appealed to Nigerians of Igbo extraction to come out en mass and vote on March 9 elections.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled Saturday March 9, for Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections nationwide.

 

The President of the group, Comrade Augustine Chukwudum,  made the appeal in a statement in Enugu on Saturday.

 

Chukwudum said that the call became imperative following likely apathy which might occur after Saturday’s presidential election.

 

“We are calling on Igbos to exercise their rights by coming out en mass on the day of Governorship and State Assembly Elections, on March 9.

 

“We also call on INEC to make sure the election is free and fair; while people must stop selling their votes and security agents must checkmate vote buyers, it is not good,’’ he said.

 

The NUF boss called on the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to help in voters education and guard against menace of vote buying and selling.

 

According to him, the NOA should educate the people so that they will know the power in the voters cards which they have in their hands.

 

“People who sold their vote in the past do not know the value of what they have, that is why they do not know that they are selling their future, which is the power they have to elect good leaders.

 

“But our people misuse it that is why we end up producing bad leaders who end up milking our God-given resources.

 

“Today some states are lagging behind in development even in the South-East.

 

“Now is the time to elect people who will be servant-leaders and not rulers who will take us backward as it was in the time past,’’ he said.

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Elections: INEC to implement measures to mitigate COVID-19 impact – Yakubu

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Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday gave the assurance at the commission’s first virtual consultative meeting with media organisations.

Yakubu solicited media cooperation and support in disseminating required information that would help to protect the health of voters and all those involved in electoral activities.

According  to him,  as usual, the Commission welcomes media comments and suggestions, as critical stakeholders involved in reporting and analysing our democracy and electoral process.

As citizens, the Commission believes that your opinions and suggestions will be of immense benefit to our electoral activities.

The Commission, therefore, values your contributions to policy formulation and implementation,” he said.

Yakubu said that COVID-19 pandemic had necessitated a rethink of many activities that had been taken for granted.

“With regard to the conduct of elections, the world is clearly sailing through uncharted waters.

“Only a few countries have conducted elections since the reported outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019.

“However, health authorities have issued guidelines on protective measures against the spread of the virus and the response to any emergencies that may occur,” Yakubu said.

Pledging INEC’s continued partnership with the media on voter education, the INEC boss disclosed that an online portal had been set up for media accreditation for Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections.

According  to him,  the Commission has always accredited media organisations to cover elections and to ensure your unimpeded access to voting locations and collation centres.

The forthcoming Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections as well as many bye-elections across the country will not be different.

“However, in tandem with the new health reality, accreditation of media organisations for these elections will be done online through a dedicated portal,” Yakubu said.

He pledged the commission’s commitment to continue to ensure that media carried out their responsibilities without any form of hindrance.

The President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo, in his remarks, commended the steps taken so far by the INEC in conducting elections during pandemic.

Isiguzo pledged the continued support of the media for successful elections.

He, however, called on the commission to give the same support to the media, especially for them to carry out their responsibilities without any form of harassment by the security agencies.

 


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Cameroon publishes provisional lists for general elections

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Cameroon’s electoral body, Elections Cameroon (Elecam)has published the provisional lists of political parties to run for legislative and municipal elections scheduled for 2020.


According to a statement of Elecam on Tuesday, a total of 470 candidate lists were submitted by 35 political parties, 451 lists have been accepted.

Candidates of the ruling party, Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), are reported to be running unchallenged in 17 constituencies.

Specifically, in the Centre region where the capital Yaounde is located, CPDM runs solely in 7 out of 11 constituencies.

In the troubled Anglophone regions where a separatist conflict is ongoing, mostly CPDM, and Social Democratic Front (SDF), a major opposition party deeply rooted in the English-speaking part of the country, will take part in the elections.

Another major opposition party Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) did not show in the provisional lists.

According to Cameroon’s electoral code, these provisional lists are subject to appeal before the Constitutional Council.

The twin elections will take place on February 9 2020 amid threats by separatists to disrupt the elections in the two troubled English-speaking regions.

Government has assured hitch-free elections nationwide, stressing that “all necessary security measures’’ shall be taken to ensure that the elections take place peacefully.

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Observers rate Ekiti LG elections free, fair

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The Coalition of Civil Society Domestic Election Observer Groups has described the Saturday’s local government elections in Ekiti  as free and fair.


The coalition’s team leader, Mr Muhammad Al-Jameel Hashidu, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday that voting materials arrived in the 2,195 polling units promptly.

He said further that voting and collation were done without harassment and intimidation, attesting to the credibility of the poll.

The group noted that the election witnessed high turnout of voters in major cities in contrast to what were witnessed at the grassroots, hinging this on low level of sensitisation at the remote centres.

The coalition called for more voter education and advocacy at the grassroots and proper funding of the state electoral commission to conduct better future elections.

The National Coordinator of Network of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria , Mr Victor Kalu, said the neutrality maintained by government and security agencies reinforced the acceptability of the poll.

We emphasise the contributions of the Ekiti Police Command in posting officers to every nook and cranny of the state during the exercise,” he said.

The local government elections took place in Ekiti on Saturday with the All Progressives Congress winning all the 16 chairmanship and 177 councilorship seats.

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Hundreds in Algiers protest elections amid crackdown by authorities

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Hundreds of people gathered in central Algiers on Friday in what could be a last large-scale attempt to pressure the country’s authorities to cancel the upcoming elections, amid a crackdown by authorities.


Anti-government rallies have been held every Friday and Tuesday since mid-February and the protests forced long-time ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April.

Since then, demonstrators have been demanding for key Bouteflika-era officials to depart, and for an overhaul of the country’s political system, before a presidential election is held.

On Friday, protesters were shouting “the people want independence” and “the people want to overthrow the regime”.

On Thursday, Amnesty International warned that Algeria’s authorities have escalated their crackdown on protesters in recent weeks, making arbitrary arrests, prosecuting and imprisoning dozens of activists and forcibly dispersing demonstrations.

The London-based group said that a wave of arrests targeting protesters had intensified since the campaign for the presidential elections began on Nov. 17.

Citing Algerian rights lawyers and activists, Amnesty International said that at least 300 people had been arrested between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24.

Algeria’s authorities have defended plans to hold the election on Dec. 12, saying it was necessary to end the long-running stand-off in the country.

Five contenders are vying to replace Bouteflika, who has ruled energy-rich Algeria for two decades, an era that was dominated by cronyism and mismanagement.

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