Obama’s Village In Kenya ‘Votes’ For Clinton, Declares Her Winner Of Election

A highly unscientific poll by a Kenyan Twitter pollster puts US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton a whopping 69% ahead of Donald Trump.

another Kenyan poll which puts her even further ahead.

People in President Barack Obama’s father’s village held their own mock election, reports Kenya’s Star newspaper.

Mrs Clinton came won with 78% of the vote against Mr Trump’s 22% in the dummy election in Kogelo, Siaya county.

This tweeter monitored the election:

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INEC Asks Edo Women Not To Sell Votes

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday organised a sensitisation forum for women in Edo State to educate them on the need to vote wisely on September 10 and not to mortgage their conscience for bags of rice.


Blessing Obidegwu, the Deputy Director, Gender Division, INEC headquarters, stated this in Benin City while delivering lecture to Edo State women, civil society, nongovernmental organisations and women leaders from all markets across the state.


Obidegwu, who put the statistics of prospective voters in Edo State at 1,925,105, stated that women make up a large percentage but regretted that women’s participation is very low.


According to the INEC deputy director, “It is regrettable that only one political party fielded a woman candidate out of the 19 political parties contesting the Edo gubernatorial election and 8 fielded women as deputy governor, even the increase in the deputy was as a result of our several engagement with political parties on the needs for them to involve more women in the political process”.


Obidegwu further advised women in the state to inculcate the message of peace to their children who usually are tools in the hands of desperate politicians.

Mothers bear the brunt of most violence in elections; therefore, you should dissuade your children from being used as political thugs by politicians”.


While decrying the spate of inconclusive elections in Nigeria, she said Edo State could be different if violence, over voting, and impunity by political parties are discouraged.


Also speaking at the forum was Uloma Osuala, the Deputy Country Director, International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), who said women should not just make the numbers during voting but should actively participate in the electoral process like contesting election while Mufuliat Fijabi, who is the Gender Advisor to IFES spoke intensively on the need for women to vote rightly and not allow themselves to be intimidated by even their spouse.


Meanwhile, Sam Olumekun, the resident electoral commissioner of Edo State, who was represented by Mathew Ogwuocha also spoke extensively on the consequences of selling of vote, violence, and role women can play to make the election free, fair and transparent.

FG Votes N500bn To Tackle Unemployment– Ngige

Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said the Federal Government voted N500 billion to tackle unemployment and provide care for the vulnerable.

The minister said this during a courtesy visit by the Rwanda High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Stanislas Kamanzi in Abuja.

He said the Federal Government was determined to face the menace of unemployment squarely, especially among youths in the country.

Ngige said the government would fight spiritedly to solve the unemployment problem totally in the country.

Ngige said the government was also poised to engage the over 500,000 that graduate yearly from the nation’s institutions, adding that this would prevent them from engaging in untoward activities.

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FG Votes N500bn For Unemployed Graduates, School Feeding

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sent the Medium Term Expenditure Frame- work (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) to the National Assembly with N500 billion voted to pay unemployed Nigerian graduates and feed school children amongst other social welfare programmes in the N6.07 trillion budget for 2016.

Buhari said “phased” social welfare programmes will be created to cater for a large population of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians upon the evidence of children’s enrolment in school and evidence of immunization.

In other 2016 votes, N63.29 billion was voted for subsidy (including N150 billion for 2015 arrears); N20 billion for the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2016, down from N47.39 billion voted in 2015, and N39.88 billion voted for Frontier Exploration Services – to prospect for oil in the Chad Basin.

The National Assembly budget was slashed from N120 billion in 2015 to N115 billion in 2016.

In new borrowings, the federal government proposed N1.2 trillion (domestic) and N635 billion (foreign) borrowing, totalling N1.835.88 trillion in 2016.

According to the MTEF/FSP, the federal government recovered N350.33 billion in misappropriated funds which will be injected into the 2016 budget.

The recoveries include N137.90 billion (refunds/recoveries from Strategic Alliance Contracts); N162.43 billion (NNPC/CBN) and other recoveries which amount to N50 billion.

The MTEF/FSP is the precursor to the budget itself, as provided in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA).

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Ireland Votes “Yes” To Legalize ‘Same-Sex Marriage’

Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that saw more than 62% of voters support the campaign to amend the country’s constitution.

Some 1.2 million people backed the “yes” campaign in the nationwide poll, which saw a voter turnout of more than 60%.

The referendum marks the first time a country has voted to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote.

Only one of Ireland’s 42 constituencies voted “no”. The strongest support for the “yes” campaign was in Dublin, where support was over 70% in most districts.

Voters were asked whether they wanted to amend Article 41 of the 1937 Constitution by adding a new clause to a section titled The Family.

It asked them to support or reject a change to the 78-year-old document to make it read: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

The vote has not yet made same-sex marriage legal – new laws will now be put to the Irish parliament before the summer. It is expected that the first same-sex marriage ceremonies will take place before the end of the year.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s health minister and the country’s first openly gay cabinet member, said: “Something has been awakened in the Irish people. “It was not just a referendum, it was more like a social revolution.”

Thousands of people packed into the upper courtyard at Dublin Castle to await the result and cheered as it was announced.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales by the UK Parliament in July 2013 and in Scotland by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014.

The move puts renewed pressure on the devolved Northern Ireland government to follow suit after the executive said it has no intention of introducing legislation.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to the 60,000 young people who registered to vote in recent weeks and thousands of emigrants who came home from as far afield as Canada, the US and Australia to cast their ballots. “It’s a piece of history,” he said.

One of Ireland’s most senior Catholic clerics, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, said the church had to be aware that Ireland had changed.

He told RTE: “It’s a social revolution that’s been going on… I think really the Church needs to do a reality check.”


Governors Ask Nigerians To Defend Their Votes

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to investigate and prosecute anyone caught sabotaging or violating the electoral process, no matter how highly placed, during the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections.

It also asked the nation’s security agencies to perform their duties professionally and refused to be used to manipulate the electoral process. The Forum also urged Nigerians to troop out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice while also defending their votes. The Forum, which stated this in a statement by its Director General, Asishana Okauru, asked INEC to improve on its performance in last Saturday’s election. It said although there were complaints here and there, local and international observers rated the last elections as largely free and fair.

It said the exercise is a huge progress for Nigeria and its electoral system. “We expect that the Governorship and State Assembly elections will be even better, with INEC correcting the lapses observed in the March 28 elections,” the forum said.

“The logistics of distributing sensitive election materials should be perfected. Steps should be taken to ensure card readers work smoothly while ballot snatching and other forms of electoral fraud should be blocked.

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Why We Gave Jonathan Nearly 1 Million Votes- Akpabio

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, on Friday, urged Nigerians to emulate the statesmanlike nature of President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat for peace to reign in Nigeria.

Mr. Akpabio said this in his state-wide broadcast to mark 2015 Easter celebration in Uyo. He said the lesson of Easter was recently brought home to Nigerians by the statesmanlike action of the President.

According to him, the President’s decision to concede defeat even before the announcement of final result is in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. He added that, “by this act, Mr. President has resurrected morality, good conscience, patriotism and goodwill for our country”.

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Atiku Pleads With Voters For Buhari During Rally Debut Appearance

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, made his first appearance at the campaign rally of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari.

 Atiku made his debut appearance at the Northeast Zonal Rally of the All Progressives Congress, at the Ibrahim Babangida Square, Makurdi.
He also used the opportunity to refute reports of his possible endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term, stressing that only Buhari could tackle the critical problems facing the country.

“I want to use this opportunity to plead to you all of you to vote for Gen Buhari. All his promises to you in 2003, 2007 and 2011 would be fulfilled this time if given the needed votes in 2015. Buhari, I am telling you that so many challenging responsibilities await you if God allows you to be President The task is enormous. It is the task of fixing Nigeria. Presently all the sectors in this country have collapsed.”

“We have been supporting you for a very long time because we believe that you will save this country. When God makes you the President, the retarded development we have had in this country and the growing unemployment should be among you priorities. We are pleading that you save this country. Our support for us is as a result of some of these challenges we have highlighted.”

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APC Women Groups Vow To Protect Votes

Women groups from the All Progressives Congress and Labour Party in Ekiti state have vowed to protect their votes during the elections. This is despite the “vote and go home order” by the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

The groups were speaking during an APC women summit to drum support for the party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. They reasserted their views that they were strongly opposed to any rigging of votes during the upcoming elections. The party encouraged women to exercise their right to vote, adding that election rigging had always been the cause of violence in the country since 1922.

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Buhari Should Beg Yoruba For Forgiveness Not Votes, Says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, should seek forgiveness and not votes from the people of the Yoruba land and even those in Edo and Delta States.

“Buhari’s coup of 1983 destroyed the Southwest and the old Bendel State (now Edo and Delta) as it put an end to the developmental programmes of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) government in the Southwest States of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Ondo, as well as Bendel State,” Mr. Fayose said.

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Protect Votes Over Human Lives… The Mumu Reality of Nigerian Electorates

It is not a NATION unless it has a leader. For the sovereignty of a country to be recognized among other nations of the world, its leadership must be authorised by its majority and equally govern its subjects; hence subjects must vote.

You may never guess how Nigeria can be “secure” until the season of election comes around. This is the season where ballot boxes and ballot papers have greater esteem and value than the life of the voter.

You need to hear the persisting sound of choppers flying over the skies of Abuja right now because three thousand and seventy three delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to convene at the Eagle Square, for the party’s national convention. Also, roads have been blocked in Lagos because of the APC presidential primary election.

Truth is, money bags will be exchanged from one hand to another and at the end of the day, flagbearers will emerge at all cost, thus the impenetrable shell of security, implying that a certain percentage and class of individuals deserve protection.Where does that leave the electorates?

Go to the market places or the mechanic shops or even our public schools…, positioning a chopper to ensure the security situation of such areas probably doesn’t make any sense. Or maybe, they are not aspiring so the future of this nation’s sovereign existence does not depend on them. That probably explains why bombs explode like fireworks on our streets while about two or three army tanks are positioned at the first entry gate of a public political figure’s house or office, while convoys of armoured cars carried them around. Is there a price tag on the security of lives?

Yes! The governed are probably too many, so it doesn’t really matter how often or how many of them die on daily basis because the remnants will still vote. The “Country” must continue….

Dinah Adams @didiYargata

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Mozambique Polls Close in Battle Between Frelimo & Renamo

Votes are being counted in Mozambique after presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

Voting was extended at some stations amid reports of a large turnout in what observers said were peaceful elections.

The governing Frelimo party is facing a tough challenge from longstanding rival Renamo, who it has fought at the ballot box and in an on-off civil conflict.

Frelimo has dominated politics since independence from Portugal in 1975 but Renamo’s leader, Afonso Dhlakama, came out of hiding to run for the presidency.

The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in the capital, Maputo, says Renamo’s last-minute entry has made this the most fiercely contested election since independence.

Campaigning was largely peaceful, despite some reports of clashes.

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