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Opposition groups challenge new EC roadmap

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The Justice Forum-JEEMA has described the reviewed Electoral Commission roadmap as unconstitutional. Asuman Basaalirwa, the Justice Forum President says that the Constitution does not provide for the guidelines issued by the commission in preparation for the 2021 polls.   The new roadmap which was released on …

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Tanzania’s Magufuli dissolves parliament ahead of elections

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday dissolved parliament to allow for elections in October, pledging a “free and fair” vote in a country where the opposition has decried a climate of fear and violence. Magufuli, who took office in 2015 promising a crackdown on corruption but whose strongman …

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Court quashes Democratic Party faction NEC elections

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The High Court in Kampala has quashed the recent elections that were conducted by a section of Democratic party members to purportedly fill up vacant positions in the National Executive Committee. DP members led by Rajab Ssenkubuge convened a meeting on March 13, 2020, …

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Ahead of vote, virus emboldens Serbian president’s one-man show

Belgrade, Serbia | AFP |  An excuse to dominate the airwaves, sideline the opposition and cast himself as a saviour: President Aleksandar Vucic has emerged from the coronavirus crisis stronger than ever as he looks to extend his vice-like grip on Serbia’s troubled democracy. After flattening the infection curve and capping …

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IN THE INDEPENDENT: We want elections on time!

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | These are the top stories in this week’s THE INDEPENDENT. COVER STORY We want 2021 elections on time: How People Power, JEEMA, FDC are uniting against Museveni THE LAST WORD Mr President, open boda bodas NOW: Why we need to examine the contribution of boda …

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Malawi president lashes out against poll nullification

Blantyre, Malawi | AFP | President Peter Mutharika has accused Malawi’s judiciary of agitating for regime change after the courts nullified last year’s presidential vote and ordered fresh elections by July 3. Malawi’s top court rejected Mutharika’s bid to overturn the landmark ruling quashing his controversial re-election, paving the way for a re-run, scheduled for …

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Burundians vote despite virus outbreak

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP | Burundians voted Wednesday in tense elections to replace their long-ruling president, despite a coronavirus outbreak that the East African nation has largely ignored. The election comes after five years of turmoil sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which unleashed unrest that left …

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