ODM blames IEBC for botched nomination exercise, demands extension

ODM has written to the IEBC seeking an extension of the Homa Bay by election nomination exercise by two weeks.

This follows botched nominations for the senatorial by-elections held by ODM at the County Assembly after Homa Bay youths disrupted the exercise protesting the imposition of candidates. The youths destroyed ballot boxes and warned exercise coordinator Peter Adoyo of dire consequences if a candidate was imposed on them. Three people have been arrested so far following the chaos.

ODM has blamed the IEBC for the abortive exercise.

The party’s director of communication Philip Etale said the IEBC failed in its mandate to assist political parties to carry out a proper nominations exercise for the vacate Homa Bay Senate seat.

Citing a statement signed by Betty Nyabuto, the commission’s acting CEO, Etale said parties were given only two weeks to carry out the exercise. He said, in the past political parties have been given ample time to prepare for the nominations.

“Good examples are Makueni, Bungoma and Siaya by-elections last year. parties are given a 21-day notice to prepare for a by-election during which they can invite aspirants to apply, fill the forms, pay the requisite amount of money, ballot papers printed, clerks, presiding officers and returning officer recruited and trained then nomination exercise is conducted across the county by universal suffrage. The time given by the IEBC for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat was short and untenable by the Commission.” Etale said.

Etale further said that going by the IEBC’s letter, the Commission has treated the Homa Bay exercise “so casually and unprofessionally.”


Mauritius votes over presidency, economy

Mauritians voted Wednesday in parliamentary elections with rival parties promising to boost the economy and battling over the proposed strengthening of presidential powers.

The issue of constitutional reform makes the polls some of the most important since the Indian Ocean nation gained independence from Britain in 1968.

Polling stations on the main island for some 936,000 voters opened at 7:00 am (0300 GMT), and will close at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT).

“Everything is in place,” said Electoral Commissioner Irfan Rahman, who said 14,000 election officials were working to ensure the smooth running of the polls.

The sale of alcohol is banned until Thursday, when the results of the vote are expected.

Two rival coalitions are competing for 62 parliamentary seats — 60 on the main island of Mauritius, and two on the small island of Rodrigues, some 560 kilometres (350 miles) to the east.

On one side, the centre-left group brings together the Labour Party (PTR) of Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and the former opposition Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) party. Ramgoolam is expected to want to run for president, currently a largely ceremonial position elected by parliament.

Should they win, the PTR-MMM coalition have agreed to try to amend the constitution so the president will be directly elected.

On the other side is the Alliance Lepep, a centre-right coalition led by former president Anerood Jugnauth and three other political parties.


Mugabe endorsed as Zanu-PF leader

Ninety-year-old Robert Mugabe Saturday was endorsed as president of his ruling ZANU-PF party by a party congress in the Zimbabwean capital Harare.

Thousands of supporters chanted “Gushungo”, the president’s clan name, a Sapa correspondent reported. Others sang “VaMugabe”.

Mugabe, who looked grim-faced earlier in the proceedings, responded by rising to his feet inside a massive tent in central Harare and waving his

black cap. There were no challenges to the president’s position.

“Thank you so much for showing that massive…” shouted ZANU-PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo before the shouting crowds drowned him out.

There has been widespread speculation that vice president Joice Mujuru will be pushed out of her post at this congress. Analysts said that Mugabe feared she had become so popular that she could replace him at the congress.

Botswana president wins second term in power

Botswana President Ian Khama has won a second term in power after his party secured a parliamentary majority at the polls, an official announced Sunday.

High Court Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo said in a statement that Khama “has been re-elected as the President of the Republic after his political party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) garnered at least 29 of the 57 parliamentary seats” at Friday’s general election.

Khama will be inaugurated on Monday, said Dibotelo in a statement broadcast on national radio and television.

The newly formed Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), led by Duma Boko, which was contesting elections for the first time becomes the official opposition with 12 seats in parliament.

Read more: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2014/10/26/botswana-president-wins-second-term-in-power-official