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372 Candidates contest Governorship, assembly elections in Nasarawa





The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 372 candidates will be contesting the Governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday in Nasarawa state.


Dr Uthman Ajidagaba, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, told News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lafia.


He said that 29 political parties would be fielding candidates for the governorship election in the state.


He said that 343 candidates from different political parties would be jostling for the 24 state house of assembly seats during the Saturday’s polls.


The commissioner added that not all political parties fielded candidates for the state assembly election.


He said that Keffi West constituency had the highest number of contestants from 19 political parties, while Awe South had the least with 10 candidates.


Ajidagba said that out of the numbers of candidates contesting, 19 were females comprising one for governorship and 18 for state house of assembly seats.


He said that some of the political parties fielding candidates in the governorship election and almost all the state constituencies are: Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) and All Progressives Congress (APC).


Others are Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Zenith Labour Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Mongolia’s election commission registers all opposition candidates for parliamentary elections




Mongolia’s General Election Commission (GEC) has officially registered all 76 people nominated by the opposition Democratic Party (DP) as candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, the DP said Thursday.

More than 70 percent of the party’s candidates are newcomers who have never served as ministers or members of parliament, Tsend Baatarkhuu, secretary-general of the DP, told a press conference.

In addition, 46 percent of the party’s candidates are economists and financiers, and 33 percent are lawyers, said the official.

The opposition party will run in this year’s parliamentary elections under the slogan “Let’s allot the benefits of economic growth to every household and protect citizens by laws.”

Mongolia is expected to hold general elections on June 24.

Mongolia’s parliament is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers each serving a four-year term.

The landlocked Asian country last held parliamentary elections in June 2016.


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Mongolia’s election commission finishes accepting applications from parliamentary candidates




Mongolia’s General Election Commission (GEC) has finished accepting applications from parliamentary election candidates, the commission said Friday.

A total of 13 political parties, four coalitions and 137 independent candidates submitted their documents to the GEC within the legal deadline or May 21 to participate in the upcoming regular parliamentary elections, the GEC said in a statement.

A working group will screen the applications and present the results at a GEC session after five working days.

Mongolia is expected to hold general elections on June 24, though the campaign for parliamentary elections will officially start on June 2.

The Asian country’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers serving a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held on June 29, 2016.


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Belarus’ CEC registers 15 initiative groups to nominate presidential candidates




The Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC) has ended its registration of 15 initiative groups to nominate citizens as candidates for the post of Belarusian president on Wednesday.

The collection of signatures in support of the persons proposed for nomination will start on Thursday and will run through June 19.

Any initiative group must collect at least 100,000 signatures to nominate a presidential candidate.

Members of initiative groups should wear medical masks and gloves to collect signatures, the CEC said.

The presidential election in Belarus will take place on August 9.


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Republican memo unveils anti-China strategy for GOP candidates over COVID-19




“Don’t defend Trump, other than the China Travel Ban — attack China,” a detailed memo sent by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to GOP campaigns has advised, urging Republican candidates to address the COVID-19 pandemic by aggressively attacking China.

The 57-page strategy document, obtained by Politico on Friday, includes advice on everything from how to tie Democratic candidates to the Chinese government to how to deal with accusations of racism, according to a Politico report.

“What a playbook. Have a look!” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying tweeted in response later on Friday.

The memo is focused on three main lines of assault: That China caused the virus “by covering it up,” that Democrats are “soft on China,” and that Republicans will “push for sanctions on China for its role in spreading this pandemic,” Politico summarized.

The memo also advises Republican candidates to blame the Chinese government when President Donald Trump is questioned over his handling of the pandemic and to reject claims that calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” is racist.

“The memo should be titled ‘The Blame Game for Dummies'”, a person called John Mac Cormack commented online.

“This is the Republican message? I guess that is all they have left. Cannot run on fiscal responsibility, cannot run on the economy, cannot run on healthcare, cannot run on jobs, cannot run on crisis management, so I guess this is it, blame China. Repubs always need a boogeyman. 2016 was Mexico, now its China in 2020,” another online user Patrick Lowry wrote.

Republicans have indicated they plan to make China a centerpiece of the 2020 campaign, said the Politico report, noting the president’s reelection campaign has weighed a major TV ad campaign focused on the topic.

The NRSC, which is the Senate GOP campaign arm, distributed the document but did not commission it, according to Politico. The memo was authored by the political consulting firm of Brett O’Donnell, a veteran Republican strategist who has advised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

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COVID-19: WAEC, NECO candidates to know fate after lockdown — Minister 



Candidates sitting for this year’s West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations would know when they would be writing the papers after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, said this at the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 daily press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that WAEC and NECO examinations had been postponed indefinitely over COVID-19 but added that the ministry would soon announce the time for the examination when the lockdown was over.

Nwajiuba said that the ministry was working on how school would be reopened after the lockdown, adding that nobody could reopen school except it was coordinated by the Ministry of Education.

He said that student had been advised to learn via online platforms, stating that the ministry was working with Universal Basic Education (UBEC) and the State Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to ease the process.

According to him, 15 states including Lagos and Anambra have already commenced learning through radio in accordance with approved standard, while also working with NTA and Radio Nigeria to provide educational contents.

The minister said that the biggest challenge were children with no access to the Internet, adding that the ministry was working to provide learning for those categories through terrestrial platforms.

He said some tertiary institutions had commenced online learning, adding that the public institution must leverage on such to engage the students, noting that support from stakeholders to achieve such had been tremendous.

“We are working with any stakeholders that can support our plans by providing platform for our students to learn,” he said.

He allayed fear over the closure of the National Open University (NOUN), adding that they would soon resume after the lockdown.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)








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JAMB releases 2019 provisional admission list of successful candidates



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has published the 2019 provisional matriculation list of admitted candidates on the official website of the board.

The board disclosed this in its weekly bulletin made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

The board also advised candidates who were yet to accept their offers of admission on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to do so or risk forfeiting the admission.

According to the board, the list of fully-admitted candidates in all the tertiary institutions in the country is hereby published on the JAMB Website.

“For ease of checking, candidates can visit:, proceed to menu titled ‘STUDENTS+’, select the submenu ‘CHECK MATRICULATION LIST 2019’ option and search for their names by entering their 10-digit JAMB Registration Number.

“There is a large number of candidates who have been offered Provisional Admission but are yet to accept the admission.

“A list containing their names is also on display on the board’s website and such candidates are to immediately accept such offers by using the CAPS Mobile App downloaded from the Google Play Store.

“With the App successfully installed and accessed on their devices, candidates do not need to visit any CBT centre or cybercafe as doing so would be a violation of the work-from-home/stay-at home order in place in most parts of the country.”

JAMB, however, said that candidates should note that failure to accept such offers of admission on the CAPS platform would result in the forfeiture of such admissions.

“Candidates are also to note that acceptance of admission on any website other than CAPS is not a valid acceptance as any admission not processed and accepted through CAPS is not known to JAMB.

“Alternatively, affected candidates who are not sure of their 2019 admission status can check for such from their phones by sending “STATUS 2019” to 55019.

“However, in the event of any challenges, candidates are to lodge their complaints immediately by using the online ticketing platform at under “2019 Admission List Issue.

“Candidates are to note that only those who had accepted their offers of admissions on CAPS and whose names appear on the Provisional Matriculation List are recognised as bona fide students of the various institutions.

“By implication, if a candidate’s name is not on this published list which will be sent to all tertiary institutions, NYSC and other stakeholders, his/her application for mobilisation in the NYSC scheme, employment, among others, would be declined,” the board said.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Grace Yussuf (NAN)


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COVID-19: WAEC interactive portal excites candidates in Kaduna



Prospective candidates for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Kaduna  have  expressed willingness to leverage on the interactive portal developed by the council following postponement of the examination

The Nigeria News Agency , recalls that WAEC,  on April 1, created an interactive information sharing platform which allowed  the council to effectively engage candidates before, during and after the examination.

NAN also reports that the WAEC examination ,which was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and an interactive portal was created to analyse candidates’ strengths and weaknesses.

Abubakar Haruna, a WAEC candidate and a resident of Tudun Wada, Kaduna, told NAN that he would make effective use of the portal to boost his proficiency in English language.

“I will make sure I leverage on the portal seriously;  the Coronavirus lockdown in Kaduna stopped us from going for  extra-mural lessons, the platform will enable me ask a lot of questions especially in English language,”  Haruna said.

Another candidate, Miss  Amos, a resident of Narayi Highcost in Kaduna, said that this year would be the third time she would be writing WAEC.

“I have made credits in all the subjects required for me to study computer science in the university but for the third time now I will rewrite because of mathematics; I don’t know what the problem is.

“I am good in mathematics but I don’t know where and what the problem is; may be leveraging on the WAEC interactive portal will help me in the methods and approaches I use in solving mathematical problems,”  Amos said.

Similarly, Ashir Lawal, a WAEC candidate and a resident of Kinkinau, Kaduna, said  he would be writing WAEC for the third time,  seeking credit in English language.

“The postponement of WAEC and the creation of the interactive portal will, by God’s grace, be a blessing to us; I only chat and browse past questions and answers.

“I will interact and ask so many questions on the platform to improve my proficiency in English language, and to share my methods on how I approach questions in  English language,  to see where my problem is,”  Lawal said.

Also speaking to NAN, Ummulkhairi Al-Amin, a WAEC candidate of Unguan Mu’azu, Kaduna, applauded WAEC for the provision of the platform.

She said  the platform, which was the first of its kind by WAEC,  would be of help to the candidates.

“Sometimes when I study my books, I come across questions or statements  that need clarifications to understand.

“I may  never have the chance to ask questions while in class; this interactive platform will enable me ask questions which would increase my chances of success in the forthcoming examination,””Al-Amin said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma

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UTME: JAMB to deploy braille technology for visually impaired candidates- Okebukola



UTME: JAMB to deploy braille technology for visually impaired candidates- Okebukola: The Equal Opportunity Group of JAMB says the board is moving gradually to using prototype of a braille-based technology for the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for visually impaired candidates.

Prof. Peter Okebukola, Chairman of the group, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos.

NAN reports that a total of 354 visually impaired candidates sat for the UTME in 12 centres across the country on March 22.

The exercise was concluded on Sunday in response to the closure order of schools by the Federal Government as precautionary measures against the Coronavirus disease.

According to Okebukola, the board is working hard in ensuring that these category of candidates are given a level playing field like their sighted counterparts.

”We are moving steadily to using the prototype, which in the near future, will allow the visually challenged and universities they are aspiring to attend develop capacities for such technologies.

”Let me state clearly that the board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, is far-sighted and encouraging relevant stakeholders to move in this direction,” he said.

He said the board’s Registrar had approved the tripling of number of centres for  the conduct of this year’s UTME for the visually impaired candidates from four used in 2019 to 12.

Okebukola, a former National Universities Commission (NUC) boss, said that this was in a bid to limit the number of candidates that would congregate at a time.

He had, in a statement, noted that the JAMB initiative had been cited several years back in many countries as a good model for Africa.

Okebukola also said that so far, a respectable number of blind candidates processed through the JAMB Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG), have secured admission to Federal, State and Private Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

According by him, in 2019, of the 390 candidates that sat for the examination, a total of 175, representing 44.8 per cent were given placements in various tertiary institutions across the country.

”Most of these challenged candidates were admitted to the University of Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Nigeria,Nsukka; University of Abuja and Bayero University, Kano, among others.

”JAMB is expressing deep appreciation to the Vice-Chancellors of these universities.

”The goal of the Oloyede-led JAMB is to ensure that no Nigerian, who is eligible, is prevented from taking the UTME regardless of disability,” he said.

Meanwhile the Proprietress, Bethesda Home for the Blind, Mushin, Mrs Chioma Ohakwe, also lauded the efforts of JAMB in ensuring a future for the challenged candidates.

According  to her, such gesture needs to be emulated by well meaning individuals and corporate organisations.

”Having said this, however, I think a lot still need to be done by the board, and this is in the area of ensuring that the use of this braille technology is introduced as soon as possible.

”This technology to the best of my knowledge is the way to go in a bid to eliminate third party and increase speed when answering the questions.

”I registered 25 candidates this year; 18 of them wrote in Lagos, while two also wrote in Enugu and five in Imo.

”From past experience, these candidates have complained that the dictation slows them down and other times, could not get the pronunciations well.

”I am convinced that writing the examination with the braille machines by themselves unaided, will indeed improve their performance,” she said.

Ohakwe said that she was looking forward to an improvement on the level of performance by her candidates for this year’s examination, as against the one posted in 2019.

”In 2019, the highest score posted by one of the visually impaired candidates of this home was 285, with the least being 215.

”This year, we expect a better performance as we prepared them well,” she said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Olagoke Olatoye

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Southern forum of Master Bakers adopts Umar, others as candidates for  national election



The Southern Forum of Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) said it had adopted Alhaji Mansur Umar as National Presidential Candidate and Amb. Raji Omotunde as National Deputy Presidential Candidate for its forth coming national elections.

This is contained in a communique signed by chairmen and secretaries of the association in the southern part of the country and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Owerri.

The communique read in part “the Southern Master Bakers Forum in its meeting in respect to the forthcoming election, after exhaustic delibrations unanimously resolved to adopt the Mansur Umar/Raji Omotunde Team.”

It said that the madate also included all the candidates for the various positions in AMBCN.

The Chairman of the Association in Imo, Comrade Osmond Nkeoma, who presented the communique to NAN said that the Southern Masters Bakers Forum also resolved that all its delegates would vote for the adopted candidates of Mansur/Omotunde team on the election day.

Other adopted candidates are Mr Jude Okafor, National Secretary, Mr Tumba Garba, National Assistant Secretary, Alhaji Jimoh Iyiola, National Treasurer, Mr Chidi Orlu, National Financial Secretary 1, and Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed, National Financial Secretary 11.

Others are Mr Athanasius Adieme as National Auditor 1, Mr Wakil Ndupwa, National Auditor 11, Alhaji Jamil Mohammed, National PRO 1, and Ademola Ojo, National PRO 11.

Also adopted are Mrs Preye Johnson, National Welfare Officer 1, Mr Sunday Onajiogbe as National Welfare Officer 11 and Elder Jude Akpan as National Provost 1.

The forum also set up a six man co-ordinating campaign council to co-ordinate all activities leading to the elections proper in alliance with the 15 candidates for maximum results.

NAN reports that the communique was signed by 18 chairmen and secretaries of master bakers and catereers of Nigeria from the southern part of the country comprising the South East, South South and South West.

Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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