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Kebbi: INEC distributes election materials to LGs.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, Kebbi State, has distributed sensitive election materials to the 21 Local Government Areas ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ahmad Mahmud, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday that the distribution took place at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Birnin Kebbi branch on Wednesday.



“The distribution was done in the presence of representatives of political parties and security agencies like the DSS, Customs, Immigration, Civil Defence, Police and Nigerian Army,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the materials would reach all the Local Government Areas by Thursday evening for onward distribution to various polling centres across the state.

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“We still have over 16,000 ad hoc staff, mostly NYSC members and students of higher institutions to serve during the exercise.

“We have 225 wards, 1,345 voting points and 2,398 polling units in the 21 local government areas of the state.

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Mahmud said the commission was ready for the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state on Saturday.

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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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