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Complaints Trail Voter Registration in Nigeria; Electoral Commission says Situation is Improving

In Nigeria, voter registration entered its fifth day Friday – accompanied by wide-spread complaints.  Potential voters blame delays on long lines, defective machines and inexperienced staff.  The registration is being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and would-be voters say the commission should consider extending...

Nigerian Presidential Candidates Campaign on Economy

Presidential candidates in Nigeria are promising to create more jobs and attract more outside investment by improving infrastructure. Unemployment is a big issue in Africa's most populous nation. So presidential candidates are campaigning hard on the economy with opposition parties criticizing the government for failing to use Nigeria's vast oil...

Delays in Nigerian Voter Registration Spark Calls to Extend Deadline

Frustration is growing over delays in Nigeria's voter registration and some governors are calling on the electoral commission to extend the deadline. The biggest problem so far is with the electoral commission's Direct Data Capture machines, which are meant to integrate laptops, cameras, fingerprint scanners, and printers to produce voter cards on...

African Countries Have Mixed Record on Power Succession

A new round of diplomacy begins in Ivory Coast this week, as African leaders and international mediators continue to look for a solution to the power stalemate in the country.   This follows an election which the United Nations, the United States and African nations say was won by opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.  But incumbent Laurent...

Nigerian Presidential Candidates Campaign on Improving Security

A series of unsolved bombings in Nigeria's capital and continuing violence in the north make security the biggest campaign issue in the country's presidential election. When voters are concerned about security, it is an opportunity for challengers to criticize the current government for not doing enough to keep people safe.But after only eight...

Fighting Hunger With Ideas From Africa

As population growth, resource depletion and climate change strain the world’s food supplies, a new report highlights solutions from some unexpected places. Sub-Saharan Africa harbors most of the world’s hungriest countries. The report from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based environmental group, however, says the continent also is...

Nigerian Presidential Candidates Campaigning as Voter Registration Begins

Voter registration is underway in Africa's most populous nation as Nigerians prepare for April elections. More than 70 million Nigerians are eligible to vote in this presidential election, and campaigning is well underway with all of the major parties having chosen their candidates.President Goodluck Jonathan is the nominee of the ruling People's...

African Union Mediator Returns to Ivory Coast

The African Union mediator to Ivory Coast's political crisis is heading back to the nation's commercial capital, Abidjan, after meeting with the head of the West African alliance that is threatening military force to remove the incumbent president. The internationally-recognized winner of Ivory Coast's vote says the incumbent president is stalling...

Nigerian Opposition Leader Buhari Confident of Victory

A former Nigerian military ruler told VOA the failure of the country’s material and physical security could go a long way to undermine the stability of the populous West African nation. Retired General Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the presidential candidate for Nigeria’s main opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), said Nigerians should...

Nigerian Voters Begin Registering for April Elections

Voter registration is underway in Africa's most populous nation as Nigerians prepare for April elections to ch oose state governors, legislators, and a president. Voter registration got off to a poor start with many centers opening late and then having trouble linking laptop computers with fingerprint scanners, cameras, and printers to produce...

Nigerian President Wins Ruling-Party Nomination for April Vote

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's victory in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party primary ends an informal agreement that rotated the party's presidential nominee between north and south. That deal gave northern Nigerians another four years in office to complete what would have been the second term of the late president Umaru Musa Yar'adua....

Security Tight as Nigeria's Ruling Party Meets to Choose Presidential Nominee

Leaders of Nigeria's ruling party are meeting to choose their presidential candidate amid tight security following a series of bombings. Thousands of police, soldiers, and civil defense forces are on patrol to safeguard the ruling People's Democratic Party primary. Anti-terrorism personnel and bomb disposal units are also on duty.Vehicles have...

Nigerian Ruling-Party Delegates Gather to Choose Presidential Nominee

Delegates from Nigeria's ruling party are gathering in the capital for a convention to choose their presidential nominee.  Politicians will decide the fate of regional power-sharing in Nigeria. Nigeria's ruling party has won the last three presidential elections.  So this nominee will clearly be the frontrunner in April's vote.   But party...

Grassroots Innovation Helps Fight Hunger in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa harbors most of the world’s hungriest countries. But the report from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group, says the continent is also home to a wealth of ideas that can help the rest of the world fight hunger and poverty. Report co-author Danielle Nierenberg spent a year on a 25-nation tour of...

Nigerian Analyst Sees Close Contest in Ruling Party Primary

A Nigerian political analyst has told VOA the possibility exists for either Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan or former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to be chosen as the presidential candidate for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Tuesday, the PDP certified three candidates for Thursday's scheduled presidential primary. President...