Tag: elections

Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, while turning out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be allowed to vote after the national electoral commission called off the nation’s presidential poll for […]

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Nigeria at a crossroad

Nigeria at a crossroad

| February 5, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Nigeria, Africa’s so-called giant and the world’s biggest black nation, is in the news again. And as usual, much of the world is watching with considerable trepidation. On Feb. 14, voters in this West African nation of 170 million people will go to the polls to pick a president. There […]

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Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As if things could possibly be worse, a bomb was detonated this week within a hair of striking President Goodluck Jonathan, who had just appeared at a campaign rally in northern Nigeria. The northern region is the unofficial headquarters of Boko Haram, the insurgent group that got its start in 2009 seeking isolation from corruption. […]

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Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved. Ten elections are coming up this year–among them Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of […]

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In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Despite a low turnout in Liberia’s senate election, poll watchers are already predicting the winners and losers and President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson appears to be among the losers. Provisional results from the 2014 Special Senatorial Election were released via radio broadcast late Saturday, immediately following the closing of the polls nationwide. They show a trend of […]

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Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

Tunisia’s ‘people power’ rejects Islamist party in upset vote

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Tunisians, the first people to launch an “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted a despot, returned to power a member of the ousted regime. They cast ballots on Sunday in the nation’s first free presidential poll—and the outcome surprised many. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Call for Tunisia (“Nidaa Tounes”) party received 55 […]

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Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

Court drops case against Kenyan prez linked to post-election killing spree

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)—As activists in the U.S. demand justice for murders for which no one has been punished, Kenyans are reeling from a similar judgment that finds no one accountable for a few months of post-election violence starting in 2007 that left over a thousand dead. Charges were finally dropped last week by the International Criminal Court […]

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Indiana African American Dems elect officers

Indiana African American Dems elect officers

| December 10, 2014

FORT WAYNE—On Aug. 23, at the Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) held in French Lick, Ind., officers for the 2015-2016 terms were elected for the State Indiana Democrat African American Caucus (IDAAC). They are as follows: • President—Tonda Pauley, Evansville. • Vice-President—Barrett Barry, South Bend. • Secretary—Zanzer Anderson, Elkhart. • Treasurer—Sharon Dunson, Indianapolis. The new […]

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Scathing report on Zimbabwe election debacle puts Mbeki on defensive

Scathing report on Zimbabwe election debacle puts Mbeki on defensive

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A formerly classified report regarding allegations of voter fraud in Zimbabwe has raised uncomfortable questions for former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki about what he knew of problems with the last election of President Robert Mugabe and when did he know it. An editorial in the widely-read local Mail & Guardian was blunt: “(Thabo) Mbeki […]

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With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

With three months to go, Nigeria in grip of election fever madness

| November 26, 2014

(GIN)–With only three months to presidential elections, Nigeria is in the grip of election fever with public feuding plumbing new depths between the incumbent party of President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the opposition. In a contentious confrontation last week, police fired tear gas to prevent the House of Representatives from meeting. A lockout was […]

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