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Kenya election 2022: the candidates, issues and role of money in a fierce contest

Kenya election 2022: the candidates, issues and role of money in a fierce contest

KENYANS are gearing up for an important general election on August 9, 2022, which brings to an end President Uhuru Kenyatta’s turbulent two terms. It will be the country’s seventh general election since the resumption of multiparty electoral democracy 30 years ago. And it’s the third under the 2010 constitution. The progressive constitution was part of reforms designed to address political animosities that ignited deadly election violence in 2007. With a population of 48 million, Kenya has 22 million registered voters. Nearly 40% of these are young voters. Voters are required to simultaneously vote for a president, senator, member of…
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Nigeria’s Tinubu picks Muslim senator as presidential running mate

Nigeria’s Tinubu picks Muslim senator as presidential running mate

NIGERIA'S presidential frontrunner Bola Tinubu picked as his running mate a sitting Muslim senator and former governor of northeastern Borno state, the heartland of an Islamist insurgency that has killed and displaced thousands of people. The move by Tinubu, who is also Muslim, breaks with past practice where presidential candidates from major political parties have chosen running mates from a different religion in a bid to foster unity in the country. Tinubu, 70, was last month elected as the ruling All Progressives Congress party's candidate to succeed incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, who will step down next year after completing two terms. …
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Ten candidates call for election re-run

Ten candidates call for election re-run

TEN defeated presidential candidates in the Central African Republic are calling for the result of a December 27 election to be annulled and the vote repeated, citing irregularities and low turnout, according to a joint statement. On Monday, the electoral commission declared President Faustin-Archange Touadera the winner of the race, with voter turnout of over 76% despite an offensive by rebel groups seeking to derail the vote. However, only half of the country's 1.8 million eligible voters were able to register for the vote due to the violence. Ten of the 17 candidates are now rejecting this result, saying turnout…
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