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Senegalese President Sall postpones presidential vote

Senegalese President Sall postpones presidential vote

PRESIDENT Macky Sall postponed Senegal's planned February 25 presidential election, announcing in a televised address to the nation on Saturday that he had cancelled the relevant law due to electoral issues he warned would fuel disputes. With little more than three weeks to go before the vote, the unprecedented step of delaying the poll, to an unspecified date, pitches Senegal into uncharted constitutional waters that some opposition and civil society groups said amounted to an "institutional coup." One opposition coalition has already vowed to challenge the move in the courts, raising the prospect of a protracted legal battle that could…
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Egypt to vote for president in December, Sisi expected to win

Egypt to vote for president in December, Sisi expected to win

Egypt will hold a presidential vote on December 10-12, the elections authority said, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi widely expected to win reelection despite an economic crisis including record inflation and foreign currency shortages. Sisi, 68, can stand for a third term due to constitutional amendments in 2019 that also extended the length of presidential terms to six years from four, opening the way for him to stay in office until at least 2030. Election results are expected to be announced on December 18 and, in the event of a run-off round, final results should be announced on Jan. 16…
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NIGERIAN ELECTIONS: Results starts trickling in

NIGERIAN ELECTIONS: Results starts trickling in

FELIX ONUAH NIGERIA'S electoral commission began announcing state-by-state results from national elections, though it is not expected to name a victor in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari for several days. The presidential vote is expected to be the closest in Nigeria's history, with candidates from two parties that have alternated power since the end of army rule in 1999 facing an unusually strong challenge from a minor party nominee popular among young voters. Votes in presidential and parliamentary elections are collated in each of Nigeria's 36 states before the count is transmitted to the electoral commission's central tallying centre in the capital…
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Nigeria’s electoral agency postpones elections for governors

Nigeria’s electoral agency postpones elections for governors

NIGERIA'S electoral commission has postponed by a week Saturday's elections to choose new governors, saying it needed more time to reconfigure electronic machines that are at the centre of last month's disputed presidential vote. The elections to pick governors in 28 of the country's 36 states will now be held on March 18. Governors are among the most influential politicians in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and largest oil producer. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said late on Wednesday it needed more time to reconfigure its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) that uses fingerprints and facial recognition to identify voters and transmit…
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Nigeria will not postpone presidential vote – election chief

Nigeria will not postpone presidential vote – election chief

THE head of Nigeria's electoral commission said it will not postpone next month's presidential vote despite worries over widespread insecurity including attacks on election officials. Mahmood Yakubu, speaking at London's Chatham House think tank, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was well prepared to facilitate voting in Africa's most populous nation despite the challenges. "The commission is not contemplating, let alone planning, to postpone the 2023 general election," he said. "We are going ahead to conduct the election as scheduled." Nigerians are set to choose a new president on February 25, a vote that could have implications across the…
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Somalia swears in lawmakers, paving way for presidential vote

Somalia swears in lawmakers, paving way for presidential vote

ABDI SHEIKH HUNDREDS of Somali lawmakers were sworn into office, paving the way for them to pick the country's new leader, a process that has been delayed for months amid a power struggle between the current president and the prime minister. Elections had been scheduled for a year ago but were delayed when President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed tried to extend his four-year term by two years, a move thwarted by parliament. On Thursday 250 of the 275 parliamentarians took their oaths of office alongside 40 of the 54 senators at the heavily fortified African Union military base in the capital…
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