Elections

Nigeria’s electoral commission has reassured all interested parties that the rescheduled presidential and parliamentary elections will take place this weekend. Last Saturday, just hours before the polls were to open, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a one-week postponement, triggering widespread anger. The delay was blamed on logistical issues in delivering ballot papers and […]

Ahead of Algeria’s presidential elections in April, president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is seeking a fifth term in April elections, will head to Switzerland for “routine medical checks”, his office said Thursday. The 81-year-old will have a “short” stay in Geneva, it said in a statement carried by the government APS news agency. Fir or not? In power […]

Nigeria opposition chief Atiku Abubakar says the delayed polls are crucial for the future of Nigerians and thus, voters should turn out and vote irrespective of their preferred candidates. With hours to the closure of a campaign period, the former vice-president who leads the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said the result of the 2015 vote gave […]

The National Chairman/presidential candidate of the National Interest Party, Ms. Eunice Atuejide, on Wednesday stepped down for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, barely four days to the rescheduled elections. Atuejide is of the opinion that Atiku will select a government that will include the best Nigerians from every corner of […]

Nigeria’s electoral body has apologised for postponing the country’s presidential, legislative and senatorial elections from February 16 to 23. Many Nigerians are yet to come to terms as to why the elections had to be delayed hours before the start of voting. “Let me express our deep and sincere regrets as a commission for his […]

The executive committee of Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement, NRM, has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as its candidate in the next presidential election due in 2021, potentially extending his tenure to 40 years. Museveni, 74, has held office since 1986 when he took power after a five-year guerrilla war, making him one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders. […]

Nigeria’s electoral commission has bowed to pressure from political parties and approved resumption of campaigns ahead of Sunday’s presidential election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Saturday told political parties to stop campaigning, after it pushed the vote from February 16 to February 23. The two main political parties, president Muhammadu Buhari’s All […]

Kenya has summoned its ambassador to Somalia back home after the Mogadishu government’s decision to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute in the Indian Ocean, the foreign ministry said. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is considering a claim on the two countries’ maritime […]

In Nigeria, churches were packed on Sunday as the faithful prayed for the future of Africa’s largest democracy. It follows postponement of the presidential elections hours before polls were scheduled to open. In the capital Abuja, congregants at the Family Worship Centre say they are unfazed. “If they postpone the vote late again on Saturday, […]

Maiduguri — Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State Wednesday cheated death, missing a hit by Boko Haram, which attacked his convoy on his way to Gamboru-Ngala for a political campaign. The governor, who confirmed the incident to THISDAY last night, said his convoy ran into an ambush between Dikwa and Gamboru on Tuesday evening, saying […]


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