Handing over to Akufo-Addo-led government starts today

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The outgoing John Mahama-led administration will Wednesday morning present its handing over notes containing details about the state of the nation to the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

The Transition Team, jointly inaugurated by President Mahama and president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, is expected to sit for six weeks from Wednesday.

The meeting will afford the incoming government the opportunity to enquire about matters of national interest from the Mahama administration.

The transition team will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the International Conference Centre to set up the Transitional Committee comprising those of the incoming and outgoing teams.

There would also be the transitional sub-committee on finance, energy, infrastructure, social services, the presidency, etc, presenting their handing over notes to representatives of the incoming administration.

The spokesperson for president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo, Mustapha Hamid, said Tuesday once his team gets the notes they would scrutinise it and ask further questions for clarity as this would be the basis for proceeding on anything.

“Certainly there would be questions that we would need clarifications on, and those questions would be the basis for meetings…we already have a lot of information from various ministries and government agencies and we hope that the notes that we would be given would be consistent with some of the things that we know. Where there are inconsistencies we would ask questions,” he said.

Mr Hamid does not expect any hiccups past transitions have experienced if the teams work with honesty, openness and transparency as said Nana Akufo-Addo said.

He stressed that past traditions did not have a law governing them, unlike the current system where there is a law governing the process adding he has “no doubt this would be arguably the smoothest transition process we are likely to have.”

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Donald Trump and Barack Obama to meet at White House

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President Obama is to welcome his successor Donald Trump to the White House for talks aimed at smoothing over the transition of power.

It could prove a difficult meeting with Mr Trump having questioned Mr Obama’s US citizenship and promising to dismantle some of his key policies.

Mr Obama though has said he is “rooting” for Mr Trump after his shock defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Thousands have taken to the streets of major US cities denouncing Mr Trump.

Mr Obama – who for his part had branded Mr Trump “unfit” for office and campaigned against him – urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday’s election.

“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” he said.

The defeated Mrs Clinton also told supporters Mr Trump had to be given a “chance to lead”.

In his victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump vowed to “bind the wounds of division”, after an acrimonious election contest, and to be “president for all Americans”.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest has insisted Mr Obama will be sincere about ensuring a smooth handover when he meets Mr Trump, although he added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easy meeting.”

With the Republicans holding a majority in both chambers of the US Congress Mr Trump has an easier path to pass his laws and scrap key Obama initiatives like his healthcare reforms.

The president-elect will be accompanied to the White House on Thursday morning (1600 GMT) by his wife, Melania, who will have a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Source: BBC

Burundians asked to hold peaceful polls

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called upon the Burundian government to strive for a peaceful and secure atmosphere for the upcoming presidential election.

In a statement issued here by his spokesman, Ban urged all parties to “refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region.”

He said that he has taken note of the indefinite suspension of the inter-Burundian dialogue that started on July 14 under the facilitation of Uganda pursuant to the July 6 recommendations of the Summit of the East African Community (EAC).

“The secretary-general calls on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the election,” the statement said.

Burundi’s presidential camp over the weekend decided to suspend its participation in the political dialogue that began last Wednesday to reach a compromise over points of disagreement on the forthcoming election.

The presidential camp took the decision just three days ahead of the presidential polls set for July 21.\

Source: News Ghana
Read more here: http://newsghana.com.gh/burundians-asked-to-hold-peaceful-polls/

Inside Africa: Grenade attacks as Burundi holds controversial elections

A Burundian soldier secures a polling station in the Kinama neighborhood of Bujumbura

Voting in Burundi’s controversial elections opened on Monday despite a string of grenade attacks on polling stations, the latest in weeks of violence sparked by the president’s defiant bid for a third term.

Assailants threw grenades in both the capital Bujumbura and at some provincial voting centres ahead of Monday’s parliamentary and local elections, delaying the start of voting in many areas, police and election officials said.

Another grenade exploded in the capital shortly after voting began.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for the elections to be delayed after the opposition said they would not take part, as Burundi faces its worst crisis since its civil war ended nine years ago.

“Armed groups tried to attack polling centres … they were shooting and threw grenades, but the police stopped them,” deputy police chief Godefroid Bizimana said.

The European Union condemned Burundi’s “grave” decision to hold elections, saying it would worsen the situation.

“The organisation of legislative elections… can only exacerbate the profound crisis which is gripping Burundi,” a statement Monday read.

Police patrolled the streets of Bujumbura, especially in opposition areas where the worst violence was seen during weeks of protests. In those areas, few civilians were seen at polling stations.

Stations for the parliamentary and local elections opened late in some areas, although election commission spokesman Prosper Ntahorwamiye insisted that, apart from some delays due to the violence, voting was “going well”.

“Voting has not yet begun in many centres in the capital because election officials are trying to prepare materials and in almost all of the stations, these arrived late because of the overnight attacks,” said election commission chief in Bujumbura, Cyriaque Bucumi.

On the eve of the election, top party official and parliament head Pie Ntavyohanyuma said he had joined some 127,000 other Burundians who have fled the country, denouncing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s “illegal” bid to stay in power for a third term.

Burundi was plunged into turmoil in late April when Mr Nkurunziza launched his drive for a third consecutive five-year term, triggering widespread protests.

Source: The Telegraph

Read more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/burundi/11705465/Grenade-attacks-as-Burundi-holds-controversial-elections.html

Did You Know: Mrs. Charlotte Osei is the new EC Boss in Ghana

Charlotte Osei — New EC Boss

President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.

A statement signed by Chief of Staff Julius Debrah said Mrs. Osei who replaces Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan was until her appointment the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education.

Mrs. Osei, a lawyer with considerable experience in public service management, institutional reform also has expertise in corporate law, banking, insurance, project financing and public-private partnerships.

The new EC Chairperson holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. She obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana in 1992.

Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan is retiring from the EC after almost two decades as Chairman of the National Electoral Commission.

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Press Release

Source: Flagstaff House (Ghana)

Buhari wins Nigeria’s Presidential Elections 2015

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Nigerian presidential poll has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, in the country’s first election victory by the opposition.

His opponent, Goodluck Jonathan, has conceded defeat and called Gen Buhari to congratulate him on his victory.

Gen Buhari was ahead of Mr Jonathan by at least three million votes.

Observers have generally praised the election but there have been allegations of fraud, which some fear could lead to protests and violence.

This is a hugely significant moment in Nigeria’s history – never before has a sitting president lost an election, the BBC’s Will Ross reports from Abuja.

For the first time, many Nigerians feel they have the power to vote out a government that is not performing well, our correspondent adds.

Source: BBC News

Update of result: 2015 Presidential Elections in Nigeria

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The Presidential Results of the general Election in Nigeria Which Took place on 28th march 2015 Was Held FREE and Fair. The List and Results of Different Political Parties were Collected and The INEC Publicly Broadcasted It on Media’s.

Here are the List and States accredited and Polled.

FCT ABUJA. APC – 146,399, PDP – PDP – 157195

OSUN STATE: APC – 383,603 , PDP – 249,929

EKITI: APC 120,331, PDP 126,466 VOTES.

ENUGU: APC:14,157, PDP – 553,003

KOGI , APC 261,851 PDP 149,987 VOTES.

NASARAWA – APC – 236,838, PDP – 273,460

ONDO: APC 299.889, PDP – 251,368

OYO: APC – 528,620, PDP – 303,376

OGUN STATE – APC – 308,290 , PDP -207,950

18 STATES Remaining to the collection center,the results to be announced by 8PM Today on the Media.

Source: http://spingist.com/news/342/R-E-A-L–Presidential-Results-From-INEC-Nigeria