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High-Ranking US Diplomat to Observe Nigeria Poll

The top U.S. diplomat for African affairs, Johnnie Carson, will go to Nigeria to observe parliamentary elections scheduled for Saturday.Nigeria delayed the polls by a week following widespread logistical problems on the initial election day April 2.  The delay also forced postponements to the presidential and state governor elections.In remarks...

Nigeria: Some Will Vote, Some May Wait

Nigerian senate elections that were postponed April 2nd could be postpone again, at least in part. INEC, the Independent National Electoral Commission, is proposing that some states hold their senate elections Saturday as planned after the postponement, while others wait. INEC says those states that actually started voting prior to the...

Nigerians Seek Energy Solutions from Next Leader

In Nigeria, as in many sub-Saharan African countries, getting energy to both rural and urban areas is a great challenge. Analysts say that given Nigeria’s immense resources, the energy industry is not very efficient in meeting the needs of its customers.Civilian leaders since the end of the military dictatorship in 1999 have promised changes in...

Ivory Coast, Nigeria among Top US Concerns

The top U.S. diplomat on Africa places blame for the violence in Ivory Coast squarely on the shoulders of Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to accept defeat in last November’s presidential election. The U.N. has declared Alassane Ouattara as the president-elect. “Gbagbo’s intransigence has exacerbated tensions and provoked violence across the country....

Next Nigerian President Faces Multiple Challenges

More than 20 candidates are seeking the presidency of Nigeria, each promising a change in the country’s political and economic direction. Nigeria, a top oil producer, makes millions of dollars annually from exports, but much of that money is lost to corruption. The World Bank estimates that 80 percent of energy revenues go to only one percent of...

Africa Faces Its Own Nuclear Power Challenges

While the tsunami-caused nuclear plant emergency in Japan is leading to reassessments of nuclear energy policy around the world, in Africa, experts say challenges remain the same as before. They say limits to expanding nuclear power on the continent are of a financial nature, as well as related to fears of political instability.Africa has just two...

Nigeria Parties Back Poll Delays

Nigeria's main political parties are backing a decision by election officials to postpone nationwide polls for a week.Elections for parliament were abruptly stopped Saturday when voting materials failed to reach many polling sites. The new schedule calls for parliamentary polls on April 9, followed by the presidential vote on April 16 and state...

Nigeria Electoral Body Apologizes Following Vote Postponement

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body has apologized to Nigerians following the postponement of the general elections. This came after the parliamentary election scheduled for Monday was re-scheduled for another week. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says...

Nigerians Prepare To Vote In Delayed Poll

The Nigerian independent electoral commission [Independent National Electoral Commission] is making frantic efforts in preparation for Monday’s parliamentary elections after the absence of voter materials in large parts of the country forced a postponement on Saturday.The elections were postponement hours after voting began in some areas. Voters...

Nigerians Vote Saturday In First of Three Upcoming National Elections

Polling stations are open in Nigeria Saturday, where voters are choosing a new parliament in the first of three weeks of national elections.Observers are watching to see if election officials can prevent the violence and fraud that badly marred the last polls in 2007.  Election chairman Attahiru Jega said Friday that the April elections give...

Obama Meets With New Sudan Envoy

President Barack Obama met at the White House on Friday with his new special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, amid mounting concerns about stability and security in the transition to independence for South Sudan on July 9. The president underscored his "serious concerns" about the situations in the oil-rich region of Abyei, and in Darfur. A White...

Nigerians Prepare for Nationwide Elections on April 2

Electoral officials and security forces in Nigeria are preparing for nationwide voting Saturday.  This is to be the first of three elections this month to choose new lawmakers, governors, and a president for Africa's most populous nation.Electoral commission chairman Attahiru Jega says authorities are well-positioned to conduct a vote that he says...

Nigeria Electoral Body 'Very Prepared' For Saturday’s Vote

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body is set and fully prepared to organize the National Assembly elections throughout the country Saturday. Nick Dazan, INEC assistant director of public affairs, says the electoral body has corrected the “mistakes of the past” and has been proactive in...

Nigerian President Deploys Troops Ahead of Senate Election Saturday

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a countrywide deployment of troops and other security personnel ahead of Senate elections Saturday. Supporters say the presence of security officials will calm fears of violence and boost public confidence, making voters feel it’s safe to take part. But critics say the soldiers, who are under the...

UN Security Council Approves Sanctions Against Gbagbo

The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Ivory Coast’s defiant incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, who, despite international demands, refuses to hand over power to the internationally recognized winner of the November presidential election. Resolution 1975 calls on Mr. Gbagbo to respect the will of the Ivorian people...