60 Political Parties Pass Vote Of Confidence On INEC, Describe 2019 Poll As Credible

Chairman of the G-60 Forum, Shittu Muhammed, in a press conference on the review of the polls on Tuesday on June 25, 2019.

 

A group of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections (popularly known as G-60 Forum) has passed a vote of confidence on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conduct of the 2019 general elections across the country.

The 60 political parties described the 2019 poll as free, fair and credible.

“Having gathered as presidential candidates and political party leaders, we thoroughly Xray the 2019 elections, the unfavourable and hostile environment the election management body operated under, and the extant laws under which elections were conducted, have come to the conclusion that INEC performed creditably well.

“We hereby unequivocally reaffirm our confidence in INEC for its performance against all odds in the conduct of the 2019 general elections,” Chairman of the G-60 Forum, Shittu Muhammed said.

Muhammed said this during a press conference on the review of the polls on Tuesday.

He added that the controversy trailing the electronic transmission of the election result is a deliberate ploy to destroy the integrity of the nation’s electoral process.

According to him, this is because the Electoral Amendment Act Bill was not signed by President Muhammadu Buhari and transmitting electronically would be unlawful.

“This INEC server controversy is a deliberate ploy to destroy the integrity of our electoral process and the so-called result from the server be described to as credible where INEC could not have legitimately transmitted the result of the presidential or any of the other elections electronically.

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“INEC informed all political parties in the election following the non-passage of the Electoral Act that it would not deploy the electronic transmission of results since it will not be lawful to do so,” he said.

While claiming that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was present at INEC’s briefing of political parties before the general elections, Muhammed, however, wondered why the main opposition party would heat up the polity with the electronic transmission on the server.

Military Men Chased Observers, Party Agents Out Of Collation Centres, Says Itodo

YIAGA Executive Director, Samson Itodo

 

 

The Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth, and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo, has alleged that military personnel chased observers and some party agents out of the collation centers in some states.

Mr. Itodo who was as a guest on Channels Television’s special programme on the 2019 elections, The Verdict, said the action went contrary to the promise made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on the presidential election.

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He listed the affected states as Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Zamfara.“Yesterday, during the collation process in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Zamfara, military men literally chased observers and some party agents out of the collation centers when the results came in from the polling units,” he stated.

According to him, the alleged lack of transparency of the results collation process threatens the integrity of the election results that will come from those particular locations.

He explained that YIAGA’s observers were closely monitoring the collation process in 642 local government areas in the 29 states where the elections held.

Mr. Itodo also accused some ruling political parties of using state-controlled institutions to manipulate the nation’s electoral process.

“You could see that the military was deliberate in disrupting the process. They were there hijacking the election materials, in some cases intimidating some polling officials and that is really unacceptable,” he added.

 

 

 

Buhari Should Keep His Electoral Promises, Says Ubani

 

A legal practitioner, Monday Ubani, has asked the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his electoral promises to Nigerians.

He also called on those aggrieved by the outcome of the elections to go to court.

He stated this on Thursday when he made an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari the winner of the 2019 presidential election.

“Now that the elections have been lost and won, those who want to go to court should go to court. Then the person who has won should now continue to ensure that Nigeria moves in accordance with his promises to Nigeria,” he said.

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Ubani, who is a former ex-Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) also commended the masses for coming out in large numbers to vote.

He also commended Atiku for appealing to his supporters to embrace peace, stressing that it was crucial for the survival of Nigeria.

“I think the key two actors – the President himself and Atiku Abubakar have appealed to his followers to maintain peace and that to me is critical.

“The President in his acceptance speech extended his hands of fellowship to his opponents, let’s move Nigeria forward. Now we need to really accentuate these statements of these leaders,” he added.

President Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest rival and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978.

President Buhari Defeats Atiku In Ekiti, Osun States

Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar

 

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, has defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, in Ekiti and Osun States, the first two states officially announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.

In Ekiti, President Buhari conquered the PDP candidate by 65,199 votes after polling a total 219,231 votes as against Atiku’s 154,032 votes cast.

According to the INEC Returning Officer and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, the total number of registered voters in the state is 899,919 and the total number of accredited voters is 395,741.

READ ALSO: INEC Begins Collation Of Results For Presidential Election

Total valid votes were 381,132, rejected votes 12,577, while total votes were 393 709.

In Osun, Buhari polled 347,634 votes, defeating Atiku who polled 337,377 votes, with the APC candidate leading with a margin of 10,257.

The figures declared by the collation officers showed that Buhari led in 18 out of the 30 local government areas in the state, while Atiku led in the remaining 12 local government areas.

The results were declared at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

 

 

DR Congo Rejects AU’s Call To Suspend Final Vote Result

The president of DR Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo announces the provisional results of the presidential election in Kinshasa. Junior D. KANNAH / AFP

 

DR Congo rebuked the African Union on Friday over its calls to suspend the announcement of final results from the presidential election, insisting that the Constitutional Court assessing the vote’s legality was impartial.

The court is examining a dispute over the December 30 election to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila, with runner up Martin Fayulu claiming he was cheated of victory by fraud.

“The court is independent, both of us and the African Union,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said.

“I don’t think it is the business of the government or even of the African Union to tell the court what it should do.”

At a meeting on Thursday in Addis Ababa, AU heads of state and government agreed to send a high-level delegation to Kinshasa help solve the crisis.

AU commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, currently the AU chairman, are expected to fly in on Monday.

The summit also said there were “serious doubts” about the provisional results of the vote and called for the final announcement to be suspended — a matter which now lies in the hands of the Constitutional Court.

Mende, who is also minister of communication and the media, added bluntly: “I don’t know if there are countries where people can interfere like that in a legal procedure.

“The court will do what is right for showing the truth. We should all trust it,” he said.

 Appeal 

On January 10, DR Congo’s electoral commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the provisional winner of the December 30 vote with 38.57 percent against Fayulu’s 34.8 percent.

But Fayulu declared the result to be an “electoral coup” forged by Tshisekedi and Kabila, and filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court a day later.

He claims he won with 61 percent of the vote.

The Financial Times and other foreign media have reported seeing documents that confirm Fayulu as the winner.

The court’s ruling, and the announcement of the final results, have to be completed by next Tuesday when the new president is scheduled to be sworn in.

Fears of violence 

The dispute has raised fears that the political crisis that began when Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutional term in office two years ago, could turn into a bloodbath.

The vast and chronically unstable country lived through two regional wars in 1996-97 and 1998-2003, and the previous two elections in 2006 and 2011, were marred by bloody clashes.

The AU has taken the firmest line of all major international bodies with regard to the post-election crisis.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc that includes Angola and South Africa, initially called for a recount and a unity government.

But in a later communique, it made no mention of those demands, instead calling on Congolese politicians to “address any electoral grievances in line with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws”.

Kagame’s visit as part of the AU delegation could complicate matters, analysts say.

Rwanda backed the 1997 ouster of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko by Kabila’s father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, but then changed allies. Sporadic clashes occurred last year on the border between the two neighbours.

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Defeated Congo Presidential Candidate To Challenge Results In Court

The presidential candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote at the Insititut de la Gombe polling station during DR Congo’s general elections in Kinshasa.  Luis TATO / AFP

 

The runner-up in DR Congo’s presidential elections said Friday he would appeal to the Constitutional Court for a recount as his bloc claimed he won the poll with 61 percent of the vote.

“We will go to the Constitutional Court on Saturday… (to demand) a recount of the vote,” Martin Fayulu told a rally of his supporters.

Provisional results released on Thursday declared Felix Tshisekedi victor with 38.57 percent of the vote, just ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 percent.

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the candidate backed by outgoing President Joseph Kabila, came a distant third with 23.8 percent.

The declared result was a surprise to many.

The few pre-election opinion polls had shown Fayulu to be the clear favourite while critics of Kabila predicted the outcome would be rigged in favour of Shadary.

Fayulu’s bloc on Friday said he was the true victor, claiming he had garnered 61 percent of the vote.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in the grip of two-year-old political turbulence, triggered by Kabila’s refusal to step down when his two-term constitutional limit expired at the end of 2016.

Elections for his successor were delayed three times before finally taking place on December 30.

Polling day unfolded relatively peacefully, but suspicions over the count have deepened.

The turbulence has darkened hopes that the country will have its first peaceful handover of power since it gained independence in 1960.

DRC is a giant, straddling central Africa over an area the size of continental western Europe.

Rich in minerals but mired in poverty, the country has suffered two major wars in the past 22 years, as well as bloodshed in elections in 2006 and 2011 that saw Kabila returned to office.

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NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

 

The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2018 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

According to a statement from the Council on Monday, a total of 742,455 candidates representing 71.48% scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

It added that 939,733 candidates representing 90.47% got five credits and above, irrespective of the English Language and Mathematics subjects.

NECO revealed that 875,464 candidates, representing 84.77% and above had credit in English Language while 850,331 candidates representing 82.34% and above scored credit in Mathematics.

A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above in the examination, including both subjects for 2017 and 2018 showed an increase of 0.63% this year.

Although there was a drop in the number of cases of examination malpractice recorded in 2018, the figure remained high with 20,181 candidates caught for their alleged involvement in various forms of misconducts.

A total of 1,041,536 candidates registered for this year’s examination but 1, 032,729 applicants sat for the examination.

NECO released the results 42 days after the examination.

Brisbane International Results

John Millman of Australia hist a return against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov during their men’s singles second round match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane on January 4, 2018.
SAEED KHAN / AFP

Results from matches played at the ATP/WTA Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Thursday (X denotes seed):

Men

Second Round

Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2

Kyle Edmund (GBR) bt Chung Hyeon (KOR) 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL X1) bt John Millman (AUS) 4-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3

Women

Quarter-finals

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Elina Svitolina (UKR X3) bt Johanna Konta (GBR X5) 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 3-2 ret

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT X7) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-2, 6-4

Karolina Pliskova (CZE X2) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

AFP

English Premier League Results

English Premier League results on Saturday:

Leicester 0 Crystal Palace 3 (Benteke 19, Zaha 40, Sako 90+4)

Arsenal 1 (Ozil 23) Newcastle 0

Chelsea 1 (Alonso 45+3) Southampton 0

Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Watford 1 (Doucoure 68) Huddersfield 4 (Kachunga 6, Mooy 23, 89-pen, Depoitre 50)

Stoke 0 West Ham 3 (Noble 19-pen, Arnautovic 75, Sakho 86)

Playing later (all times GMT)

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (1730)

Sunday

West Brom v Manchester United (1415), Bournemouth v Liverpool (1630)

Monday

Everton v Swansea (2000)

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WAEC releases May/June results

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Friday released the results of the May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Dr. Iyi Uwadiae who has been appointed the registrar of the council, said a total of 1, 695, 878 candidates, consisting of 923, 974 male and 748, 250 female candidates sat for the May/June 2012 WASSCE.

Out of the overall number of candidates, 1, 545, 004 candidates, representing 91.10% had their results fully released, while 150, 874 candidates, representing 8.90% had a few subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.

He however mentioned that those errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.

The results of 112, 000 candidates, representing 6.70% candidates were being withheld for various report of alleged involvement in examination malpractice.

The total number of candidates that sat for the exam were 771, 731 candidates,  46.14% of total number of candidates obtained six credits and above,while 56.93% of the total nuber of candidates obtained five credits and above.

1, 107, 747 candidates, representing 66.24% obtained credits and above in four subjects, while 1, 246, 729 candidates, representing 74.55% obtained credits and above in three subjects. A total of 1, 380, 596 candidates, representing 82.56% obtained credits and above in two subjects.

Dr. Uwadiae added that about 114 blind candidates registered for the examination.

Over 95 blind candidates sat for the examination, 21 candidates representing 22.11% obtained credits and above in five (5) subjects, including English Language, he noted that blind candidates don’t take Mathematics and Science practicals in WASSCE.

A total of 649, 156 candidates, representing 38.81%, obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English and Mathematics.

Dr. Uwadiae said “The results showed some improvement, an indication that people are doing what they should do.”

He also added that, all the candidates who sat the examination have been asked to check the details of their performance with their scratch cards on the results website: www.waecdirect.org within the next 48 hours.

Dr. Iyi Uwadiae is expected to resume as the council’s registrar October 1, 2012.