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Niger Presidential Election Heads to Run-off



Niger’s ruling party candidate, Mohamed Bazoum, will face former president Mahamane Ousmane in a presidential election runoff in February.

Provisional results announced Niger’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Saturday showed that Mohamed Bazoum is leading with 1.4 million votes, only trailed by former president Mahamane Ousmane with 675,000.

Former prime ministers Seini Oumarou and Albade Abouba were on course for 345,000 and 260,000 votes respectively.

The commission had provisionally earmarked Friday for the publication of the results but said this would now occur at (0900 GMT) Saturday at the Palais des Congres in Niamey.

However, with 60-year-old Bazoum – a former interior and foreign minister – leading the first round with 39.33% of the vote, falling short of the 50% needed to win outright in the first round, the election will go into a run-off.

Ousmane received 17% of the vote.

The second round is expected to be held on Feb. 21 after the results of the first round have been validated by the constitutional court which will hear any appeals.

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou is stepping down after two five-year terms, which is expected to lead to Niger’s first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents.

The incoming president will inherit several challenges, including rising violence from Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State. Attacks near the western border with Mali and Burkina Faso and the southeastern border with Nigeria killed hundreds of people last year.

Provisional results of the legislative election showed the ruling Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism leading with 80 seats. The main opposition MODEN/FA-Lumana was second with 19 seats in the 171-seat house

Insecurity overshadowed campaigning, with Niger attacked by extremists on its southwestern border with Mali as well as its southeastern frontier with Nigeria.

Five years of violence have cost hundreds of lives with many more displaced.

Issoufou, who was elected in 2011 after the country’s last coup in 2010, is voluntarily stepping down after two five-year terms.

In a New Year radio address, he hailed the election as “a new, successful page in our country’s democratic history.”

Bazoum campaigned on promises of emphasizing security and education.

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Bobi Wine Rejects Preliminary Presidential Election Results



Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, candidate of the National Unity Platform in Uganda’s Presidential election has rejected the preliminary results posted by the electoral commission.

The Electoral Commission of Uganda has declared preliminary results from more than 10,000 polling units. From the results, incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni is leading closest competitor, Bobi Wine with a difference of over 2 million votes between both candidates.

As at the 5th update of the electoral commission, Museveni had 3,091,725 votes while Bobi Wine had 1,445,805 votes. Museveni currently has 62.74% of the votes while Kyagulanyi has garnered 29.34% of total votes cast.

Bobi Wine in a Press conference held in his home said the electoral commission was just there to announce the results given to it. He said the results being announced do not reflect the will of Ugandans.

“At the National tally center, Mr Byabakama, the chairperson of the EC is not in charge. Byabakama is only there to come and announce what has been given to him by several operatives who have been deployed there, ” Bobi Wine said.

Recall that the internet was shut down in Uganda barely a day before the election.

Several CSOs and electoral information-based NGOs were also denied accreditation to observe the election.

The US government and the EU were also not granted accreditation before the election.

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Opposition Parties Want Ivory Coast Legislative Elections Postponed



Opposition parties in Ivory Coast have asked the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to postpone parliamentary elections.

News central reports that the legislative elections are due to be held on March 6. However, opposition parties say they need more time to prepare.

The West African nation held its presidential elections in October 2020 with incumbent President Alassane Ouattara seeking a controversial 3rd term following a constitutional referendum.

Ouattara won the election.

Opposition parties had boycotted the vote over Ouattaraparticipation in the election. But the different parties want to participate in the parliamentary vote – and say in previous years they had more time to get ready.

The campaign season is due to start on 26 February and run until 4 March.

One official from former President Laurent Gbagbo’s party suggested that instead of postponing the election day, the deadline for the submission of candidates be extended.

However, the election commission president said that unless changes were approved through an official process, his institution was committed to follow the dates as planned.

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South Sudan Ready to Mediate Between Sudan, Ethiopia to end Border Conflict

On Thursday, Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan met with Tut Gatluak, South Sudan’s presidential adviser on security affairs



Sudan’s Sovereign Council says President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has expressed willingness to be an intermediary between Sudan and Ethiopia to end their ongoing border conflict.

Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan met with Tut Gatluak, South Sudan’s presidential adviser on security affairs, who conveyed president Kiir’s message verbally, the council said in a statement.

“President Salva Kiir has expressed readiness to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia to reach a political and diplomatic solution according to the recognised international borders in preservation of the fraternal ties between the two countries and the peace in the region,” Gatluak was quoted by the statement as saying.  

Al-Burhan stressed “the friendly and fraternal solution” for the border dispute between the two countries, Gatluak added. Since September 2020, the Sudan-Ethiopia border has been witnessing rising tensions and violent clashes with accusations and counter accusations between the two sides.

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, that an Ethiopian military plane penetrated the Sudanese airspace in what it termed “a serious and unjustified escalation.”

Sudan accuses Ethiopian farmers of seizing Sudanese lands at Sudan’s Fashaga area along the border and cultivating them since 1995, claiming that the farmers were backed by armed forces.

On December 16 last year, the Sudanese army said its troops were ambushed on the Sudanese side of the border, by Ethiopian forces and militias.

Then on December 19, the Sudanese army said it had deployed strong reinforcements to the Gadaref State on the eastern border with Ethiopia. Khartoum then announced the retaking of what it terms as “the seized lands.”

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