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Voter registration not enough to guarantee Libyan elections.

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The United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé said Wednesday that a number of conditions still need to be met before elections can be held in the country.

In September 2017, Salamé presented the UN Security Council with a plan of action to end the chaos in the country, including parliamentary and presidential elections.

“Not all the conditions for the holding of elections have been met today,’‘ said Salamé during a press conference in Tripoli.

We have so far achieved only one: the beginning of voter registration,” he said.

In addition to a referendum on a draft constitution, the Libyans must also pass an electoral law and provide the necessary security conditions for elections, he said.

“But the most important thing is to get all parties to accept the results of the elections before they are even held,” he added, saying he hoped the elections would be held before the end of 2018.

Asked about a possible population disarmament programme in Libya, Salamé said that such a project represents “a major challenge”, estimating that 20 million pieces of arms are held by the six million Libyans.

A disarmament plan “requires the foundation of a legitimate state recognized by all,“he said.

According to Salamé, in addition to the arsenal inherited from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, weapons continue to enter Libya via porous borders.

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has remained trapped in a protracted transitional crisis, the victim of constant rivalry between militias and political leaders, despite the signing of a UN-sponsored political agreement two years ago.

Two governments are currently fighting over power in Libya: a government recognized by the international community and based in Tripoli, and an authority exercising its power in the east with the support of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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