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Election: Kaduna lawmaker calls for end to hate campaigns

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Election: Kaduna lawmaker calls for end to hate campaigns

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Mr Labari Tella, member Kaduna State House of Assembly representing Jema’a constituency, has urged the electorate to stop heating up the system and casting aspersions on those vying for political positions.

Tella made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kafanchan.

He said that it was disheartening that some people are still using unguarded utterances targeted at defaming certain candidates in order to gain advantage in the polls.

“These developments, especially as proliferated on the social media are highly regrettable and I urge all and sundry, for the sake of peace, to desist from such acts.

“People should realise that beyond politics, we are our brothers and sisters keepers as such, let us not allow party, religious or ethnic affinities cause division among us,” he said.

Tella said voters should ignore such defamatory comments and turnout in large numbers to elect their candidates based on their convictions and desire to ensure credibility and transparency in governance.

“I urge the people to vote for candidates of their conscience, those who have the masses at heart and are willing to take Kaduna state and indeed the nation to the desired height,” he added.

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UN chief asks for peaceful atmosphere in Burundi after declaration of election results

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday asked for a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere in Burundi after the final results of the presidential poll were declared, said his spokesman.

The secretary-general takes note of the final results of the presidential and legislative elections, as declared on Thursday by the Constitutional Court of Burundi, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.

“The secretary-general encourages all parties to continue to promote a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere among all Burundians. He reiterates the UN commitment toward long-term stability and sustainable development in Burundi,” said the statement.

Burundi’s Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld the May 20 presidential poll results which showed Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling party as the winner. The ruling paves the way for Ndayishimiye to succeed current president Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005.

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Biden clinches Democratic bid to face Trump in election

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Former vice president Joe Biden on Friday claimed victory in the Democratic Party race to take on President Donald Trump in the November election.

“It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded – and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party,” Biden said in a statement.

Biden passed the 1,991-delegate threshold required to seize the nomination, according to data by the Associated Press.

The victory is largely symbolic as Biden has been the only candidate left in the Democratic race after left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders bowed out in April.

More than a dozen states have delayed their primary contests or switched to voting-by-mail due to public health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is a long-time member of the party establishment, having served as a senator for decades, and was vice president under former president Barack Obama.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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COVID-19: INEC seeks review of security architecture for elections

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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, called for the review of security architecture for elections, in the light of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Yakubu, in his remarks during the first virtual consultative meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee On Election Security (ICCES), said there was need to come up with clear guidelines supplementary Code of Conduct, for security personnel on election duty.

Yakubu said that the recently released INEC’s policy on conducting elections under the current global pandemic, was anchored on the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force (PTF), based on the advisory by health authorities.

“The guidelines provide for measures to protect the electoral process and the people involved, ranging from the election officials, observers, the media and above all, the voters.

“Doing so will also increase public confidence and consequently enhance the credibility of the electoral process.

“To do so effectively, there is need to review the security architecture in the light of the global pandemic and come up with clear guidelines, as well as supplementary Code of Conduct for security personnel on election duty.

 “As the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic will impact on the planning and deployment strategy for the conduct of elections generally, it is necessary for ICCES to evolve effective ways of securing and protecting the integrity of the electoral process.

“Fortunately, in the aftermath of recent governorship elections, ICCES set up an ad hoc committee to advise it on security arrangements for future elections.

“The report of the committee, which will be presented for consideration at this meeting, is coming at an auspicious time.

“We should, as a matter of urgency, come up with a policy and code of conduct for security personnel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Yakubu said.

He disclosed that 15 out of 18 registered political parties had invited the commission to monitor their primaries for the nomination of candidates for the Edo Governorship, while the process for Ondo governorship election would be between July 2 to  July 25.

Yakubu, who said there were already warning signals the parties primaries for the elections were going to be acrimonious, called on security agencies to be proactive by meeting  early, with political parties and aspirants for peaceful primaries and elections.

“As you are aware, the conduct of primaries by political parties tends to be very acrimonious.

“The acrimony is carried forward into the electioneering campaigns and Election Day activities. Already, there are warning signals. The security agencies need to act proactively.

“An early engagement with political parties and aspirants is necessary in order to create the atmosphere for peaceful primaries and consequently peaceful elections,” he said.

He assured that INEC would continue to deepen the use of technology in the management of the country’s  electoral process, including ICCES meetings and other engagements with security agencies.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, called on security agencies to ensure that Edo and Ondo governorship elections as well as by-elections were conducted without rancour.

Monguno, represented by Galadima Yusuf, expressed optimism that the pandemic would soon be over and there would be peaceful conduct of elections.


Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Anambra FA rolls out programmes for state, LFC elections

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The Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) has published the programme of activities for the State Board and Local Government Football Council (LFC) elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the four-year tenure of the Ifeanyi Ubah led board expired on May 3.

But the board met, at an extraordinary meeting in Awka on April 28, to approve three months extension for itself and the LFCs.

It cited COVID-19 lockdown as the reason for their inability to conduct the elections as they should have done.

The notice, dated May 27 and published at the AnSFA secretariat, Awka stated that the sale of nomination forms for all vacant positions would run from June 1 to June 24.

It then invited interested persons to obtain the form at the secretariat.

The notice was jointly signed by Jude Anyadufu and Chijioke Onyedika, Chairman and Secretary of the electoral committee respectively.

It states that “the electoral committee of AnSFA hereby opens sale of forms from June 1.

“Interested persons are informed to obtain nomination forms and guideline from the committee secretary at the AnSFA office at No.1 Ozoagu Square, Aromma Junction, Awka.

“Sale and return of forms from candidates close on June 24.

The committee said a list of successful candidates would be published on July 2 while submission and hearing of appeals would hold on July 4.

It also stated that election into the State Board and swearing-in of the new leadership would hold on July 21 while the date for Local Football Committees would be announced later.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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2nd LD Writethru: Burundi court upholds Ndayishimiye’s victory in presidential election

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Burundi’s Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld the May 20 presidential poll results which showed Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling party as the winner.

Charles Ndagijimana, president of the Constitutional Court, dismissed the election irregularities reported by Burundi Catholic bishops and Agathon Rwasa, presidential candidate of the opposition National Council for Liberty party.

Ndagijimana said the reports were unfounded, adding that no reported irregularity can taint the results of the elections.

Ndayishimiye of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy won 68.72 percent of votes and Rwasa got 24.19 percent in the results announced by the country’s electoral commission on May 25.

Rwasa, who filed the case in the court on May 27, said he would appeal to the regional East African Community Court if the domestic court rejects his appeal.

The Burundian National Independent Human Rights Commission earlier said the elections were held in a “good and fair” manner.

The Constitutional Court ruling now paves way for Ndayishimiye to succeed current president Pierre Nkurunziza who has been in power since 2005.

Under the country’s new constitution promulgated in June 2018, the presidential term was extended from five to seven years and the president is allowed to serve two consecutive terms.

Ndayishimiye, born in 1968, was minister of home affairs and public security.

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Urgent: Burundian court confirms Evariste Ndayishimiye’s victory in presidential election

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Burundian constitutional court on Thursday said it approved the results of last month’s presidential election, declaring ruling party’s presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye as the president-elect.

The court also rejected the first runner-up’s complaints filed to the court, which challenged the provisional results announced on May 25.

The provisional results released by the National Independent Electoral Commission showed Ndayishimiye from the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy won 68.72 percent of votes in the presidential election, followed by National Council for Liberty’s Agathon Rwasa who got 24.19 percent of votes.

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

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured Nigerians that it would continue to adopt and implement measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s electoral activities.

 

 

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.

 


Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Poland to hold presidential elections on June 28

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Poland will hold its presidential elections on June 28, with a run-off round two weeks later, Elzbieta Witek, speaker of the Polish Sejm (lower house of parliament), announced on Wednesday.

Witek said during a press conference that she had received no objections from the National Electoral Commission (PKW) against the proposed election date, and hoped that the election campaign will be fair and that all election activities will be carried out efficiently.

The elections, which were originally scheduled for May 10, did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party was eager to let the voting go ahead by mail on the back of favorable polling numbers for incumbent President Andrzej Duda. A conflict with a minor coalition party, however, led to the delay.

Duda, a former MEP for the right-wing PiS, was polled to have over 50 percent support during the pandemic, while other candidates were unable to campaign on the ground due to the lockdown. A support rate of over 50 percent could normally hand him a second term without the need for a run-off election with any viable runner-up candidates.

However, poll results have tightened since, showing currently that Duda is heading for a second-round neck-and-neck contest. His main rival, polls show, is Mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski, who is endorsed by the main opposition party Civic Platform. Trzaskowski replaced Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska on May 15, after the party’s original candidate tanked in opinion polls.

The newly announced elections will be held traditionally with optional postal voting. The PKW can, at the request of the country’s health minister, mandate postal-only voting in districts where COVID-19 could cause health concerns.

Poland is one of the few countries in Europe where the curve of the pandemic has not been flattened. The Health Ministry confirmed by Wednesday a total of 24,545 COVID-19 cases in the country, with the death toll standing at 1,102.

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Parliamentary election campaign begins in Mongolia

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Campaigning for Mongolia‘s parliamentary elections began Tuesday after the country’s election commission approved a list of qualified candidates.

A total of 485 candidates from 13 political parties and four coalitions as well as 121 independent candidates are running for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24, the GEC said in a statement.

The commission said 75 percent of the candidates are male and 25 percent are female.

Mongolia’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held in 2016.

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