Nigeria poll challenge: Opposition allowed to inspect vote materials

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A tribunal on Wednesday ordered Nigeria’s electoral body to allow the main opposition to inspect materials used in last month’s poll which President Muhammadu Buhari won after allegations of fraud by the rival party.

Buhari, the country’s 76-year-old former military ruler, took 56 percent of the vote against 41 percent for his closest challenger, businessman and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

After the election result was announced, Atiku, 72, rejected the outcome, pointing out one obvious red flag: States in the northeast ravaged by insurgents’ attacks generated much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.

Atiku said he would go to court to contest the results due to a litany of “premeditated malpractices”.

The PDP then asked to inspect voter registers, card reader machines, ballot papers and other documents used for the Feb. 23 vote. On Wednesday, a, three-man panel granted the request.

The PDP filed a motion to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the inspection.

“(INEC must) allow the applicant and all their representatives to inspect polling documents … used in the just-concluded presidential election to enable the applicants to institute and maintain an election petition,” the judge said.

Islamic militants have carried out a number of attacks especially on military bases in northeast Nigeria in the last few months which made security a key issue in the just-completed polls.

A spokesman for the ruling All Progressives Congress presidential campaign dismissed Atiku’s claim and said the polls were free and fair.

“We are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair nature of the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls,” he said.

REUTERS

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Tunisians to vote for president on November 10

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Tunisia’s electoral commision on Wednesday announced that it will conduct parliamentary elections on October 6 and presidential polls on November 10.

Under its 2014 constitution, Tunisia must hold legislative elections within two months of parliament’s mandate expiring — between October and early December.

If a presidential candidate does not win outright in the first round, a second round will follow within two weeks, the commission said.

The country whose uprising toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings has been hailed as a model of democratisation in the Arab world, but continues to suffer economic woes and jihadist attacks.

The powerful UGTT trade union confederation has staged a series of crippling strikes since late last year over social and economic reforms, while youth employment remains high and inflation is at 7.5 percent.

The Constitutional Court, which would be crucial if election results were challenged, has not yet been formed, to the anger of civil society.

Previous polls held in 2014 brought to power Beji Caid Essebsi, the country’s first democratically elected president.

These will be the third national elections since the country’s 2011 revolution.

AFP

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Travel to Wakaliwood

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Did you know that as much as 5 per cent of tourism is inspired by movies? Well…Film tourism is a growing phenomenon worldwide, motivated by both the growth of the entertainment industry and the increase in international travel.

Majority of us know hollywood, a larger than life symbol of the entertainment business that beckons tourists with landmarks like the star-studded Walk of Fame, or Bollywood, the Hindi film industry. In Africa we have our own Nollywood, home to the world’s second biggest movie industry in terms of production.

Today we highlight a budding film industry…Wakaliwood has put Uganda on the cinematic map by shooting 200 US dollars action comedies.

Elayne Wangalwa speaks to Isaac Nabwana the founder and director of Wakaliwood also known as Ramon Pictures.

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Lawmakers in Hawaii Propose Repealing Second Amendment

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Legislators in Hawaii, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States, moved this week to bring their concerns about the Second Amendment to the national level... The sponsors of the resolution suggest the Framers’ use of the term “well-regulated militia” was “intended only to restrict the United States Congress from legislating away a state's right to self-defense.”

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NEC Corporation to scan visitors Irises at the South by Southwest Film & Music Conference

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In what can only be described as revolting, makers of facial and Iris recognition cameras are setting up an exhibit booth at a Film & Music Festival in America's heartland. Three days ago, the NEC Corporation announced that they will be "participating" in one of the world's largest events dedicated to the interactive, film and music industries, the "South By Southwest Conference" (SXSW) in Austin, Texas from March 10-13. Why would a facial recognition company set up shop at the SXSW which "celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries"?

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"Artificial" Magnitude 2.1 Earthquake Detected In North Korea

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This doesn't look good... Two days after reports about North Korea rebuilding a long-range missile test site surfaced in Western media, the Korea Times reported Thursday that a 2.1-magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea. Most alarmingly, the Korean Meteorological Administration said the quake was the result of "artificial" seismic activity, presumably the result of an explosion inside a mine. "The epicenter is measured to be near the land surface," one official reportedly said.

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Statewide Rent-Control Laws Cannot Escape the Law of Supply and Demand

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Last week, Oregon became the first state in the nation to adopt a mandatory statewide rent control policy. Yet, rent control never delivers on the promise that it will multiply the affordable housing in high-value markets to serve middle- and lower-class families. It also always has negative consequences, and this time will be no different.

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Why The U.S. Is Terrified That Huawei Controls The World's 5G Network

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Rotating chairman Guo Ping took to the stage on Tuesday morning to talk up Huawei’s 5G business to a cavernous auditorium filled with telecoms executives and journalists. His speech took an unexpected turn about halfway through, when he fired a shot at the US government, turning claims that Huawei spies on behalf of China back on America. “PRISM, PRISM on the wall, who is the most trustworthy of them all?” Guo said onstage, in reference to the PRISM surveillance system used by America’s intelligence agency.

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Yellow Vests Hit Police With "Poo Bombs" in Newest Wave of Protests

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According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that they would easily burst on impact.

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We Shouldn’t Trade ‘Liberty’ for ‘False Sense of Security’: Rand Paul Warns Against Forced Vaccination

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, there has been an unprecedented push by the mainstream media and government in 2019 to force all citizens to be vaccinated. This mandatory vaccine hysteria has so far been highly effective as governments across the country have proposed legislation to remove your right to informed consent.

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Video: Militarization and Deterrence. Russia's Zircon Hypersonic Missile Challenges US Naval Dominance

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While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the state-of-the-art of Russian technologies. It promises to maintain and even expand Russia’s conventional deterrence through its high guarantee of effective retaliatory capability even against the most advanced anti-air and anti-missile defenses.

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