Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tag "elections"

    The disinformation era

The disinformation era

BY ALHASSAN IBRAHIMThe year 2018 has been a watershed in the history of democracy, not just in Nigeria and Africa, but globally too. Why is that? Well since 2016 - when this moment really began, we have been seeing a new kind of democracy, or rather, a new kind of democratic process emerge - one that started with Donald Trump, [...]

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    Reps pass electoral amendment bill but differ with senate on campaign finance limit

Reps pass electoral amendment bill but differ with senate on campaign finance limit

The house of representatives has passed a bill amending the electoral act, a day after the senate passed a similar bill.The lower legislative chamber passed the amendment on Wednesday after Aishatu Dukku, chairman of committee on INEC, presented a report of the joint committee on INEC.In August, President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the bill for a second time -- it had [...]

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    ‘Voice2Rep’ project to hold politicians accountable through music

‘Voice2Rep’ project to hold politicians accountable through music

Accountability Lab Nigeria, a civic technology organisation, has launched Voice to Represent (Voice2Rep), a musical project that seeks to hold Nigerian politicians accountable for their actions.Friday Odeh, country director, Accountability Lab Nigeria, made the disclosure at the official unveiling of the  project, in Abuja on Thursday.He said the organisation is pushing for accountability and transparency in governance through creative engagement [...]

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    EXTRA: Man contests election for 96th time — and he’s never won in any

EXTRA: Man contests election for 96th time — and he’s never won in any

John Turmel, a Canadian, is currently contesting election for mayor of Brantford, the city he lives in, but that is actually his 96th shot at an elective position.Interestingly, he has never won in any of the elections, earning him the record of the world’s biggest loser in the polls.But he says he has no regrets and is not deterred to [...]

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    EFCC: We’ve placed top politicians under surveillance to check vote-buying

EFCC: We’ve placed top politicians under surveillance to check vote-buying

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is tracking financing of campaign by political parties, as part of new measures to tackle vote-buying.Wilson Uwajuren, EFCC spokesman, said this in a statement on Friday. He said the anti-graft agency is out to prosecute anyone involved in the practice of vote-buying.Uwajuren said those offering financial inducements for votes as well [...]

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    Online political polls, caveat lector

Online political polls, caveat lector

BY TEMITAYO LAWALOpinion polls have changed from being mere straw polls – as obtainable in late 19th century and early 20th century – where pollsters simply travelled, say, on a train and surveyed opinions at their convenience. Polling is now a highly sophisticated process that involves big data, computer models, rigorous and robust sampling processes; it is serious, big business.Professional [...]

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    ‘No e-voting, card readers compulsory for accreditation’ — the new electoral act adopted by reps 

‘No e-voting, card readers compulsory for accreditation’ — the new electoral act adopted by reps 

The house of representatives has proposed that smart card readers must be used for accreditation before elections are conducted in any polling unit.The proposal is contained in a bill which seeks to amend the provisions of the electoral act. It was considered by the committee of the whole on Thursday.The bill — which has 41 clauses — also proposes that [...]

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    SHOCKER: Buhari says age limit of senators, govs not reduced in ‘Not Too Young To Run’ law

SHOCKER: Buhari says age limit of senators, govs not reduced in ‘Not Too Young To Run’ law

The 'Not too young to run' bill does not affect age limit of senators and governors in the country.This was disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari who signed the bill into law on Thursday.The bill seeks to reduce age qualification to hold elective office in the country.The age bracket for those seeking election into state houses of assemblies will be reduced [...]

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    Looking beyond the voter registration drive

Looking beyond the voter registration drive

BY TEMITAYO LAWAL Nigerians are apparently more politically aware than ever. Serious political discussions now form the core of our social conversations and interpersonal interactions. By just being within the earshot at casual gatherings or even official events, you’ll be surprised at how conscious Nigerians have, for various reasons, become and how excited they are to participate at different levels.Interestingly, these [...]

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    Why are elections war in Nigeria?

Why are elections war in Nigeria?

Why are elections, which should be the celebration of democracy, war in Nigeria?In societies where people are in tune with the ethos of democracy, elections are the brightest moments in the lives of the citizenry.The basic definition of democracy is that it is the government of the people, by the people for the people. Periodic elections are the only way [...]

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    El-Rufai’s aide says PDP is dead in Kaduna

El-Rufai’s aide says PDP is dead in Kaduna

Uba Sani (pictured left), an aide to Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), “is dead” in the state.Sani, who is el-Rufai's special adviser on political matters, said this while speaking to journalists shortly after the state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC).He said it was “surprising” that the PDP won in four of [...]

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    Can God speak in discordant voices?

Can God speak in discordant voices?

The political season is a festival of sort for many - not just for political gladiators but also for most members of the society - from political pundits to those renting themselves to political crowd contractors and thugs/ enforcers. It is also a boom season for those who claim they have mystical powers to see the future and ‘men of [...]

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    SHOCKER: PVC for sale in Abuja, Nasarawa…  electoral officials collecting N500

SHOCKER: PVC for sale in Abuja, Nasarawa… electoral officials collecting N500

Inside the classroom block located at the far end of the school, there are about 200 persons seated, waiting to register as voters. There are also officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and local security operatives hovering around the prospective voters like a swarm of bees. The school is Central Pilot Primary School, Karu in Nasarawa state, one [...]

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    ‘Rookie’ on politics: You are out of the race if you can’t pay delegates during primary election

‘Rookie’ on politics: You are out of the race if you can’t pay delegates during primary election

Bisi Ogunwale, the young banker who made attempt to represent his people at the Kwara state house of assembly, has highlighted the role of money in getting the votes of delegates.In his recently launched book, "Stepping Out", Ogunwale gave an account of his experience when he decided to walk the path of partisan politics.The banker who stepped out to occupy [...]

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    INEC: We don’t have control over underage voters in Kano LG election

INEC: We don’t have control over underage voters in Kano LG election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has no control over the underage voters who allegedly took part in the local government election in Kano state.Some pictures and videos showing underage thumb printing ballot papers in an election have been circulating online.Reacting to this on Tuesday, INEC said it cannot be held liable for the purported underage voting.“The commission wishes [...]

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    2019: Reps amend electoral act, say presidential poll should hold last

2019: Reps amend electoral act, say presidential poll should hold last

The house of representatives has amended the electoral act, 2010.The lawmakers proposed that presidential election should be held last after state governorship and house of assembly elections.The first election to be conducted, in the new order, would be that of the national assembly.The amendment followed the adoption of the report of the committee on electoral matters chaired by Aisha Dukku, [...]

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