Democratic Republic of Congo’s Electoral Commission, CENI says preliminary results from presidential election may be delayed beyond the deadline on Sunday, January the sixth because of the low number of voting tally sheets received so far.
CENI President, Corneille Nangaa says by Wednesday, vote counting centers had only received just 17 percent of tally sheets and were still waiting for more than 80% of voting tallies to be submitted by local polling stations.
Election monitors – from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community – had described DR Congo`s election as “relatively well-managed but the roman catholic church’s observer team reported more than 100 cases of election monitors being denied access to polling stations. It added that around 20% of polling stations opened late, and there were reports of stations being moved at the last minute.
In another twist, authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have blocked and taken away accreditation of a TV station- canal Congo television that is seen as pro-opposition from broadcasting, amid growing tension after the election.
The same thing has happened to broadcaster radio France International. Both were accused of broadcasting election results ahead of an official announcement.
Prime Minister And Cabinet Members Resign In Burkina Faso
The cabinet of Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Kabore, has resigned according to a statement released on national television by the country’s president.
Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, a former economist, had held the position since January 2016 when he was nominated by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. Kabore accepted the resignations and said, a new government is to be form as soon as possible while no explanation was given for there resignation.
The government is faced growing pressure over a rise in the number of kidnappings and attacks. The country lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a bloody Islamist insurgency.
Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since mid-December, and late Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected jihadists was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.
Breaking: Court Grants Dino Melaye Bail On Health Ground
Senator Dino Melaye has been granted bail by a High Court in Maitama, Abuja. Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground. Halilu was of the view that the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.
The ruling was granted after an application by Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN). The senator is currently being held in a police health facility in Abuja.
As terms for his bail, the defendant is expected to produce three sureties, one of whom must be the Clerk of the National Assembly.
The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.
Ghana: Undercover Reporter Cries Out Over Death Threats
Ghanaian undercover reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas has said, his team face death threats on a daily basis. He was speaking after his colleague Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot dead while driving home, after a politician called for retribution against him.
Reports say Ahmed Hussein-Suale was near his home in Madina Suburb on Wednesday when two men on a motorbike pulled up next to his car and shot him at close range.
The journalist died instantly after being shot twice in the chest and in the neck.
He was an investigative journalist with tiger eye private investigations, run by Anas. Hussein had exposed Ghana’s soccer corruption that led to the head of the Ghana Football Association resignation.
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