Daily Archives: March 9, 2019

Nigerians Vote for Powerful Governor Posts Amid Some Unrest

UGHELLI, NIGERIA Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday to choose governors in 29 of 36 states in Africa’s largest democracy amid reports of heavy military deployment and attacks against electoral facilities in a few areas.

The election comes two weeks after the presidential vote in which incumbent Muhammadu Buhari won a second term. It was expected to be more contentious in some areas as the country’s two top political parties vie for control of powerful states that in certain cases have larger budgets than some African nations.

Heavy military deployment was reported in Rivers state in Nigeria’s restive south.

Local officials confirmed to The Associated Press the burning of electoral facilities in southeastern Benue and Ebonyi states.

“The hoodlums fired into the air early this morning to scare away the people before burning down the school building. But no one was injured,” civil servant Elizabeth Ukah said of the polling station in the Gwar East local government area of Benue state. “All the electoral materials for the area have being destroyed.”

In Ebonyi state, community youth leader Chuma Edeh confirmed that a registration area center was burned by suspected thugs. Nigeria’s electoral commission uses the centers to distribute materials and handle logistics.

Three such centers were burned in Ebonyi, said the Center for Democracy and Development, one of the major local organizations monitoring the election. It said election materials were destroyed and 75 polling units were affected.

Election observers also noted scattered reports of thuggery or suspected underage voters.

Nigeria’s top anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in a Twitter post said it had intercepted bags of cash meant for vote-buying.”

The AP witnessed vote-buying in Delta state in the south, with votes going for as little as 1,000 naira ($2.80).

Turnout in some areas was reported to be low. The turnout in the presidential election was 35 percent, continuing a downward trend. Both that election and Saturday’s vote were delayed by a week in a last-minute decision as the electoral commission cited numerous logistical problems in a country of some 190 million people and poor infrastructure.

Frustrated by the delay, some Nigerians preferred to stay home.

Source: Voice of America

Nigerians Vote for Powerful Governor Posts Amid Some Unrest

UGHELLI, NIGERIA Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday to choose governors in 29 of 36 states in Africa’s largest democracy amid reports of heavy military deployment and attacks against electoral facilities in a few areas.

The election comes two weeks after the presidential vote in which incumbent Muhammadu Buhari won a second term. It was expected to be more contentious in some areas as the country’s two top political parties vie for control of powerful states that in certain cases have larger budgets than some African nations.

Heavy military deployment was reported in Rivers state in Nigeria’s restive south.

Local officials confirmed to The Associated Press the burning of electoral facilities in southeastern Benue and Ebonyi states.

“The hoodlums fired into the air early this morning to scare away the people before burning down the school building. But no one was injured,” civil servant Elizabeth Ukah said of the polling station in the Gwar East local government area of Benue state. “All the electoral materials for the area have being destroyed.”

In Ebonyi state, community youth leader Chuma Edeh confirmed that a registration area center was burned by suspected thugs. Nigeria’s electoral commission uses the centers to distribute materials and handle logistics.

Three such centers were burned in Ebonyi, said the Center for Democracy and Development, one of the major local organizations monitoring the election. It said election materials were destroyed and 75 polling units were affected.

Election observers also noted scattered reports of thuggery or suspected underage voters.

Nigeria’s top anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in a Twitter post said it had intercepted bags of cash meant for vote-buying.”

The AP witnessed vote-buying in Delta state in the south, with votes going for as little as 1,000 naira ($2.80).

Turnout in some areas was reported to be low. The turnout in the presidential election was 35 percent, continuing a downward trend. Both that election and Saturday’s vote were delayed by a week in a last-minute decision as the electoral commission cited numerous logistical problems in a country of some 190 million people and poor infrastructure.

Frustrated by the delay, some Nigerians preferred to stay home.

Source: Voice of America

Ganyesa public violence accused appeared in court

Potchefstroom: Tebogo Motswedisi (21) and Archie Bolt (35) appeared before the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Friday, 8 March 2019, following community protests that were reported since Monday, 4 March 2019, reaching a peak on Wednesday, 6 March 2018, where the Tosca-Vryburg and Morokweng-Vryburg roads were barricaded and vehicles thrown with stones.

Kagisano Local Municipality entrance and the Ganyesa Complex were also barricaded with burning tyres, and stones other objects. On Wednesday, 6 March 2019, a truck and a police vehicle were burnt close along Morokweng � Ganyesa road near the Provincial hospital. One police officer was injured after he and his crew were attacked by the mob.

As part of bringing stability and maintaining public order, Tebogo Motswedisi was arrested and charged with malicious damage to property as well as robbery and being in possession of a suspected stolen firearm. The other accused, Archie Bolt was charged with public violence. They were granted R1000.00 bail each and will re-appear before the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 18 March 2019. More arrests are imminent.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane cautioned that the Police will not tolerate attacks on innocent members of the community, the police members and damaging of properties. She also urged members of the community to raise their service delivery related dissatisfaction peacefully and through correct channels rather than resorting to violence.

A high police presence will remain in the area to ensure that the situation remains calm and all effected are safe.

Source: South African Police Service

Ganyesa public violence accused appeared in court

Potchefstroom: Tebogo Motswedisi (21) and Archie Bolt (35) appeared before the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Friday, 8 March 2019, following community protests that were reported since Monday, 4 March 2019, reaching a peak on Wednesday, 6 March 2018, where the Tosca-Vryburg and Morokweng-Vryburg roads were barricaded and vehicles thrown with stones.

Kagisano Local Municipality entrance and the Ganyesa Complex were also barricaded with burning tyres, and stones other objects. On Wednesday, 6 March 2019, a truck and a police vehicle were burnt close along Morokweng � Ganyesa road near the Provincial hospital. One police officer was injured after he and his crew were attacked by the mob.

As part of bringing stability and maintaining public order, Tebogo Motswedisi was arrested and charged with malicious damage to property as well as robbery and being in possession of a suspected stolen firearm. The other accused, Archie Bolt was charged with public violence. They were granted R1000.00 bail each and will re-appear before the Ganyesa Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 18 March 2019. More arrests are imminent.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane cautioned that the Police will not tolerate attacks on innocent members of the community, the police members and damaging of properties. She also urged members of the community to raise their service delivery related dissatisfaction peacefully and through correct channels rather than resorting to violence.

A high police presence will remain in the area to ensure that the situation remains calm and all effected are safe.

Source: South African Police Service