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Students mount pressure on Mak council over stalled guild elections

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Makerere University students are piling pressure on the university council to resolve the impasse relating to guild elections. Early this month, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Umar Kakumba issued a directive staying all electoral activities pending a review of the contested electoral reforms. The directive …

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Iran dissidents urge vote boycott as leaders eye high turnout

Paris, France | AFP |  Opponents of Iran’s theocratic leadership are urging an outright boycott of its parliamentary elections, arguing that it is anything but democratic and that casting a ballot serves only to bolster the country’s Islamic rulers. The country’s supreme leader has urged Iranians to “disappoint the enemy” by …

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EC set to spend Sh24.5billion on voter’s register display

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Electoral Commission-EC is to spend Shillings 24 billion on the voter’s register display exercises across the country. The exercise that kicks off on February 19 will run until March 10th, 2020. Sam Rwakojo, the EC Secretary who is also the Accounting Officer, says the …

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Cameroon elections overshadowed by violence, boycott

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP |  Cameroon votes Sunday in polls overshadowed by separatist violence which has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and a partial opposition boycott. Elections for the central African country’s legislature and local councils are taking place for the first time in seven years, after two postponements. Despite …

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Fear grips Cameroon’s anglophone regions ahead of voting day

Buea, Cameroon | AFP |  Long-delayed elections are due to take place in Cameroon on Sunday, but in the country’s violence-torn English-speaking areas, the fear is almost palpable. “Everyone is holed up at home,” a civil servant said in Buea, capital of the Southwest Region, one of two provinces gripped by …

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IN THE INDEPENDENT: Election budget shoots to sh870bn

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | These are the top stories in this week’s THE INDEPENDENT. COVER STORY 2021 election budget: Panic over jump from Shs400bn to Shs870bn THE WEEK Education: Gov’t scraps end of term exams , student projects introduced THE LAST WORD GDP and improved health: How sustained economic growth …

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DP organizing secretary annuls election of party leaders in Masaka

Masaka, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  The National Organizing Secretary of the Democratic Party-DP, Suleiman Kidandala has annulled the recently conducted elections for party leaders in Masaka district.   The Democratic Party is embroiled in a series of wrangles arising out of the procedures of updating its structural leadership across the country. …

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Fresh row breaks out as DP giants fight over party elections

  Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A fresh disagreement has broken out in Uganda’s oldest political party, the Democratic Party (DP) over internal elections. The row pits the party President Norbert Mao, his deputy Denis Mukasa Mbidde and secretary general Blacks Siranda against mainly DP members of parliament led by …

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DP grass root elections postponed

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Democratic Party has postponed the party grass root elections which were due to take place this week. This follows the bickering between party branches and sub-branches over anomalies involved in the entire process. The party last week unveiled its political road-map for the 2021 …

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What does the surprise exit of Burundi’s Nkurunziza mean?

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision not to run in Burundi’s elections in May has come as a surprise. In 2015, his push for a third term led to the death of 1,200 people while more than 400,000 fled their homes, prompting a probe by the International Criminal …

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