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Anambra: Nigerian Government Must Tackle Insecurity To Prevent Poor Turnout In 2023 – Civic Group, CDD

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has released its post-election analysis report on the just concluded Anambra State election, describing the exercise as “satisfactory”.

In the report released on Friday and signed by its Director, Idayat Hassan, CDD said though there were pockets of logistic challenge and technical glitches, these didn’t impact on the overall outcome of the result and the credibility of the process.

Admitting that the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) did malfunction during the Saturday election and later picked in the supplementary election on Tuesday in the Ihiala Local Government Area, the group said it was important for INEC to swiftly address the hiccups with the device, strengthen the infrastructure supporting the system, and further expose its staffs to improved technical training.

CDD urged the electoral umpire and other stakeholders to do all within their power to avoid inconclusive elections as it dampens confidence in the transparency and credibility of elections.

According to the centre, it was equally important for INEC to improve the pace of transmission of election results to IREV (INEC Result Viewing) Portal to assure stakeholders of the integrity of the process.

“We (CDD) call on the Federal Government to take urgent measures to address worsening insecurity in the build-up to the 2023 elections, as this has clear implications on voter turnout.

“We urge INEC to review its current logistics strategy and hire private logistics companies who can be held accountable in case of a breach. We are also calling on all the stakeholders to address the challenge of election-related fake news and disinformation ahead of subsequent elections. We also support continuing efforts to engage citizens about the merits of not selling their votes to political actors,” the report read in part.

Applauding the Civil Society Organisations for their roles in the election, CDD said CSOs should also develop a specific voter education program to counter vote-buying in election, undertake civic education programs to attract more people to participate in elections and hold the government to account.

The centre also said there was need for more investment of financial resources and time in tackling electoral disinformation, increase election monitoring capacity, and continuous adoption of diverse and non-violent tactics to increase pressure on the government to deliver good governance.

The report called on the political actors to intensify efforts to getting President Muhammadu Buhari assent the Electoral act amendment bill 2021.

“It’s important also for the politicians to regulate the role of money in politics to retain trust in the democratic system; increase election monitoring capability; engage in voter education to increase turnout; and as part of promoting democratic accountability and presenting themselves as an alternation, Opposition parties are encouraged to monitor the activities of the elected; opposition could even present itself as a unified front working as a democratic opposition to monitor incumbents.

“CDD urged the diplomatic communities to help impose sanctions on erring political actors and government officials who impugn the integrity of elections in the country, and “ fund civil society work in elections as a circle, not as a process.”

 

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Buhari’s Minister, Sadiya Farouq Travels To US For Childbirth

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has travelled to the United States of America for childbirth. The Street Journal reports.

Farouq, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, is by age, the youngest minister in the federal cabinet of the president.

Her history with the President dates back to the defunct Congress for Progressive Change when Farouq was the national treasurer of the party.

She was one-time national treasurer of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC from June 2013 to June 2014.

She was also instrumental in the party’s victory in 2015 as she served as a member of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council. She was the chairperson of the election planning and monitoring, field operations, and fundraising committee.

In September last year, she got married to the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The wedding Fatiha took place at the Maitama Juma’a Mosque in Abuja.

It was reportedly a quiet wedding ceremony as the couple did not want it to be publicized.

The minister is expected back in the country after the delivery of her baby and the expiration of her maternity leave, the Street Journal gathered.

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Microsoft’s new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome

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Microsofts new Windows prompts try to stop people downloading Chrome

 

Microsoft has never been a fan of Windows users downloading Chrome instead of using Edge, but the company has now stepped up its campaign to keep people using its built-in browser. Windows 10 and Windows 11 have both started displaying new prompts when people navigate to the Chrome download page, in an effort to discourage people from installing Google’s rival browser.

 

These new prompts, spotted by Neowin, include messages like:

  • “Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft.”
  • “That browser is so 2008! Do you know what’s new? Microsoft Edge.”
  • “‘I hate saving money,’ said no one ever. Microsoft Edge is the best browser for online shopping.”

 

 

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We’ve been able to confirm at least one prompt on a Windows 11 PC, and it appears these new prompts are also appearing for some Windows 10 users, too. These aren’t pop-ups or prompts you’d typically find inside a website, either. They’re rendered natively by Edge, and other websites aren’t able to display similar prompts.

 

That makes these a little different from the messages that Google displays when you’re running Edge and use its online services, which appear within webpages when you visit services like Google Search and Gmail. Google uses these to try to encourage users to switch to Chrome over Edge.

Microsoft’s new prompts come more than three years; after the company first started testing ways to warn Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox.

 

Those tests were never rolled out publicly, but these prompts are now starting to appear for Windows users.

 

Microsoft has also been making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11 and forcing people into using Edge through Windows updates.

 

These latest prompts also follow widespread criticism of Microsoft building a “buy now, pay later” tool directly into Edge that prompts users to use a short-term financing service.

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IPOB’s attacks on security officers denting quest for Igbo presidency – Don

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A university lecturer, Salihu Niworu, has said that attacks on security personnel and innocent Nigerians by the proscribed IPOB are denting the quest for the emergence of Nigeria’s President from the South-east in 2023.

Mr Niworu, a professor and director, Institute of Maritime studies, Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai, made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday.

“The criminal genocide they are committing is politically motivated without any recourse to the fact that such bloody agitation will not result to Igbo presidency.

“If presidential aspiration is by the barrel of gun, the north and south west have more population than the east.

“The earlier the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) realise this fact, the better for their political agitation,” Mr Niworu said.

He also expressed concern over the unending security challenges across the country.

“The entire country is inundated with security challenges. The situation is more worrisome in the north where criminals are killing innocent Nigerians in broad day light with impunity,” the director noted.

Mr Niworu urged the Federal Government to take more concrete measures to tackle the security challenges.

“Nigerians must be seen to live in peace with one another irrespective of tribe, religion and political differences.

“This will only be possible if miscreants undermining the nation’s corporate existence are brought to justice,” he added.

According to him, more political commitment is needed to effectively contain the security problems.

“I only hope that the court’s declaration of bandits as terrorists will enable the security personnel to wipe them out.

“This is for the peace, progress and political stability of the country,” Mr Niworu said.

(NAN)

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