Nigeria’s ruling party wins Ekiti state vote

By Felix Onuah and Camillus Eboh ABUJA, July 15 : Nigeria’s ruling party won a state governorship election this weekend after unseating the opposition incumbent, officials said, giving President Muhammadu Buhari a boost ahead of national polls next year. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progessive Congress (APC) took almost 45 percent of the vote in […]

DR Congo envoy: US ties investment to open and fair general election

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, July 13 : The United States has linked increased US investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo to a transparent and fair general election in December, a special envoy for Congolese President Joseph Kabila said. Envoy Raymond Tshibanda told Reuters in Washington this week that in talks he had emphasized Congo’s […]

Second Pakistani party criticises “pre-poll rigging” in election

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 11 : The party of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Wednesday decried what it called “pre-poll rigging” ahead of Pakistan’s July 25 election, saying the reopening of a criminal case against its co-chairman was politically motivated. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) also said men identifying themselves as military […]

Political “turncoats” boost Imran Khan’s prospects in Pakistan poll

By Drazen Jorgic MIANWALI QURESHIAN, Pakistan, July 11 : – Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, a Pakistani landowner and politician, recently switched to his third party in a decade. That is unlikely to prevent him retaining his seat in parliament this month, thanks to loyalty to a family name that has held sway over politics in this […]

Pakistan’s army denies meddling, to deploy 371,000 troops to guard vote

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 10 : Pakistan’s army said on Tuesday it will deploy about 371,000 troops to ensure a “fair and free” election on July 25, denying it was rigging the poll to tip the scales in favour of former cricketer Imran Khan. The run-up to the general election has been marred by […]

Iraq begins manual recount of votes from disputed election

By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq, July 3 : Iraqi authorities began recounting votes from May’s disputed parliamentary election on Tuesday, officials said, a step towards forming a new government after weeks of delays. Counting started in the northern oil-producing province of Kirkuk, a election commission source there said, and at least six other provinces were […]