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Election: NGO urges security agents to be proactive, apolitical

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A Kano-based NGO, Society for Educational Development and Socio-Democratic Activities (SEDSAC), has called on security agents to be proactive and apolitical during and after the Saturday’s governorship and state Assembly elections in the state.

SEDSAC Assistant Executive Director, Habibu Dahiru-Sagagi, made this call in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.

He said there was need for all security agents to discharge their duties without fear or favour so as to ensure peaceful conduct during and after the elections.

“Many people anticipate violence during the forthcoming governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

In view of the foregoing, SEDSAC wishes to enjoin the security agents to be proactive and non partisan in discharging their duties,”he said.

Dahiru-Sagagi warned youths not to allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians as well as avoid acts capable of causing violence during the election.

He warned politicians and their followers against engaging in acts capable of breaching peace during and after the elections.

He advised electorate to vote for credible candidates of their choice for the entrenchment of good governance in the country.

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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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APC NWC approves direct primaries for Edo election

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The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has approved direct primaries for the June 22, Edo governorship poll.
Oshiomhole said this on Monday at a news conference shorty after meeting with APC Governors Forum led by Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
He added that the party’s NWC was yet to discuss and decide on the mode of primaries for Ondo Governorship election slated for July 20.
“We have since published our time table because under the law, we are required to give Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) at least 21 days notice to monitor our primaries.
“And to state the mode of our primaries and of course NWC had approved direct primaries for Edo.
“That of Ondo has not been discussed because that will come much later, because Edo will come about three weeks before Ondo,” the party chairman said.
He said that the party had begun the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms, adding that other processes had also been going fine.
“We have commenced the sale of forms, I think as of last Friday to my knowledge three people had picked the forms.
“I think by today more people have picked the forms. So, we are selling forms to all those who wish to buy based on the guidelines.
“And of course as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors rightly said, we have ensured in our letter to INEC and even this morning we had a virtual meeting with INEC leadership.
“We will conduct primaries taking into account the protocols on Covid-19 by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and Nigeria Commission for Disease Control (NCDC). I think everything has been going fine,” he said.
According to him, governors are assets to our party and once a candidate emerged, we all work and ensure that we do our best to persuade the people in the respective states to favour us with their votes.
“I am sure that by the special grace of God, the Ondo Governor is here, he did well and electorate are more sophisticated now, so we have no fear about that.

“Obaseki is not here but issues of primaries are well spelt out in our constitution and we are following it as strictly as possible. So nothing to worry about at all,” Oshiomhole said.

Earlier, Bagudu said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues between the Governor’s Forum and party leadership that would lead to the progress of the APC.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

 

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Tanzania’s anti-graft body arrests 6 over election bribe

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Tanzania’s anti-corruption watchdog announced on Monday that it has arrested six people in connection with taking bribe from a prospective candidate for the October 2020 general elections.

Pilly Mwakasege, the head of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) for Kinondoni in Dar es Salaam, said in a statement five of the six suspects were arrested at Ubungo on Sunday, adding that the sixth suspect surrendered himself to PCCB on Monday.

Mwakasege said PCCB officials arrested the suspects shortly after the prospective candidate dished out envelopes containing 50,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 22 United States dollars) each for the suspects who are leaders of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party Mbezi ward on the outskirts of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“The prospective candidate bribed the suspects so that they can help him to campaign in the initial electoral process,” said Mwakasege in a statement.

Mwakasege said PCCB was still holding the six suspects, including the prospective candidate, for questioning.

John Mbungo, the PCCB Director General, in January 2020 vowed to stop electoral fraud in the October general elections.

Mbungo said PCCB will leave no stone unturned toward the investigation of corrupt candidates or political parties in the course of the electoral process, adding that offenders will face full force of law.

According to Tanzania’s electoral body, more than 30 million voters have their information updated in the voter registry between July 2019 and February 2020.

(XINHUA)

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Edo Guber: Ex-lawmaker advocates direct primary election for APC

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Ahead of the Governorship Election in Edo. former Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Pally Iriase, has recommended direct primary election for the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

In a statement in Abuja, Iriase said that the direct primary election would be more effective and would conform more with COVID-19 guidelines.

According to him, a study of the processes involved in indirect primaries’ as contained in the APC Constitution, shows that the indirect method remains the safest way to protect voters during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Iriase said that Article 20 (iv) (a), provided that indirect primaries should be conducted at a designated venue by an electoral college of delegates.

He said the constitution provided that delegates shall be democratically elected by members of the party at their various Ward Congresses.

The APC chieftain however, noted that there were no permanent elected delegates under the party’s constitution for the exercise.

He explained that only Statutory Delegates, as defined in the constitution under Article 20 (iv) (c) should join elected delegates to constitute the electoral college for indirect primaries.

“After the direct election of delegates in the foregoing paragraph, all members of the electoral college, that is, elected delegates plus statutory delegates, will move to the designated venue for the indirect primaries.

“It is therefore clear that we will have to do direct election of delegates first in order to have proper indirect primaries.

“I submit that you cannot circumvent this process in Edo presently, without dire consequences. 

“The atmosphere is charged, and anything outside the provisions of the party’s constitution will not work,” he said.

“You cannot use the badly factionalised party executives as surrogates in place of elected delegates, because there is no constitutional backing for that at all,” he added.

Iriase explained that direct primaries required that all party members in each ward, who would have voted for delegates, would rather vote for aspirants.

He said that they would easily turnout in their units within the wards, observe social distancing, wearing facemasks and vote for the aspirant of their choice.

According to him, direct primary election is better than the indirect method which requires two tedious stages with huge but avoidable health challenges.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

 

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PDP wins C/River LG election

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the 2020 Local Government election in the 18 councils and 196 electoral wards of Cross River.

The election, held  on May 30 in all council areas of the state, was contested by the All Progressive Congress (APC); Labour Party (LP); Young Progressive Party (YPP; New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the PDP.

Declaring the result at a press briefing on Sunday in Calabar, Dr Mike Ushie, Chairman, Cross River Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC), said that PDP won in all the 18 councils of the state.

Ushie said the PDP won in Akamkpa; Akpabuyo; Bakassi; Calabar Municipality; Calabar South; Etung; Ikom; Obubura; Odukpani; and Yakurr LGAs.

He said the party also won in Obanliku; Ogoja; Bekwarra; Obudu; Yala; Biase; Abi; and Boki councils.

Ushie said: “CROSIEC does not generate result. All the results we announced today came from the field. We only declare results and issue the Certificate of Return.

“The issuance of certificate of return will be on June 2, unless otherwise announced,” he said.

The Chairman, who thanked journalists for their patience, said that results from some of the LGAs arrived late due to the terrain of those areas.


Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Burundi’s opposition goes to court to contest election results

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Agathon Rwasa, the first runner-up in Burundi’s May 20 presidential polls, on Thursday filed a case in the country’s Constitutional Court challenging the provisional results.

Rwasa, who represented the National Council for Liberty (CNL) party, alleged that the election, which saw Evariste Ndayishimiye of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party win, was flawed.

“We reject results of May 20 elections. They are false results. Those elections were characterized by several irregularities,” Rwasa told reporters after filing his case at the Constitutional Court.

“We went through electoral reports signed by our observers who had been deployed to polling stations countrywide and we have pointed out several irregularities,” said Rwasa.

He, among others, alleged ballot stuffing in some parts of the East African country.

Rwasa said that if the court does not rule in his favor, he will appeal to the regional East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania.

According to Burundi‘s electoral body, the National Independent Electoral Commission, the Constitutional Court has until June 4 to approve the commission’s provisional results.

Provisional results show that the ruling CNDD-FDD party won the presidential and legislative assembly elections. The party was followed by CNL.

The Burundian National Independent Human Rights Commission last week said this year’s general elections were held in a “good and fair” manner.

Ndayishimiye will succeed current president Pierre Nkurunziza who has been in power since 2005.

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

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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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Edo election: Group purchases APC nomination form for Gov. Obaseki

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The Obaseki Mandate Forum, a pressure group, has purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The forum’s Chairman, Mr Nathaniel Momoh, said this at a news conference shortly after obtaining the forms at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated the governorship election in the state for Sept. 19, 2020.
“Our friends in the media, it would amaze you to know, that the N22.5 million for the purchase of this forms was sourced from like minds who have the enthronement of good governance.
“As well as focus on people’s welfare and infrastructural development in Edo since the coming on board of our dynamic, focused and dedicated Gov.Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
According to him, the people of Edo both at home and in the Diaspora made this happen.
“We are confident that the will of the people will manifest in an unmistakable term on June 22, when our party conducts its primaries for the standard flag bearer in the governorship race.
“We are convinced that no other name among those whose names are being touted qualifies as the incumbent and performing Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
“We are optimistic that his pedigree will make him emerge winner to lead the party to the democratic contest in which he will again emerge winner to continue to boost the state revenue and infrastructure,” Momoh said.
He called on all sons and daughters of the state to join hands in the crusade through their votes, campaign or support in whatever shade possible to ensure the re-election of our Obaseki on Sept. 19.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Koike to announce candidacy for Tokyo gubernatorial election

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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is expected to announce next month that she will run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election, sources with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.

Koike, 67, whose tenure as Tokyo’s first female governor began in July 2016, is likely to announce her candidacy for re-election when the current regular session of the metropolitan assembly ends, the sources said.

In contrast to the previous election, the upcoming July 5 election may see Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) give Koike its full support.

She is expected to campaign on a platform of ensuring the eradication and recovery of the coronavirus pandemic, among others.

Koike, who previously served as Japan’s first female defense minister, will also likely look to garner support for her continued efforts for Tokyo to host a successful Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2021, pushed back a year due to the outbreak of the global pandemic.

“My focus now is to take steps to deal with the coronavirus and vitalize the economy once again,” Koike told reporters on Wednesday.

The Hyogo Prefecture native, however, did not mention her plan to announce her candidacy and seek another term as Tokyo governor.

Koike, who was elected to the upper house of parliament in 1992 and the lower house a year later, remaining a member of the lower chamber until 2016 when she resigned to run in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, was viewed by the public as being a proactive “leader” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

While Abe was initially reluctant to declare a state off emergency over the virus, Koike was among the prefectural governors who urged the Japanese leader to issue the emergency declaration.

Koike has been a visible leader throughout the virus outbreak here, which could help her garner further public support, and following the lifting of the virus emergency on Monday swiftly announced a three-staged roadmap for the capital to revive its economic and social activities.

In terms of others who have already announced their candidacy, Koike will be going head-to-head with Takashi Tachibana, head of NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To (the party to protect the people from NHK) and Kenji Utsunomiya, who served as president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Major opposition parties are reportedly struggling to field candidates for this summer’s poll.

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