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INEC to conduct supplementary elections.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that there will be supplementary elections in states of the country where they were not conducted on Saturday, February 23.

INEC said that the supplementary polls will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, alongside the governorship, state Assemblies and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) council polls, The Nation reports.

Added to this, the electoral body directed its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to submit detailed reports of violent incidents during the elections all over the country for due action.



The foregoing were some agreements reached during the meeting held between the management of INEC and all its RECs.

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Meanwhile, they reported that INEC had cancelled elections that took place in Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers state on Saturday, February 23.

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Report gathered that the decision of the electoral body followed the violence that engulfed the area during voting on Saturday.

The decision was confirmed by the resident electoral commissioner for the south-south state Obo Effanga.

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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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