Nigeria: UN, INEC Urge Better Security Over North-East Crisis, Polls

[Guardian] The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed concern over the deteriorating state of insecurity in the north-east, saying thousands of civilians have fled due to Boko Haram attacks.

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Nigeria: Election Commission Tackles Opposition Leader On Use of Smart Card Readers

[Premium Times] The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Thursday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of making a U-turn on its plan to use Smart Card Readers (SCR) in the upcoming 2019 elections.

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South Sudan: Respond to ‘Legitimate Grievances’ of Sudanese People, UN Human Rights Experts Urge, Following Protests

[UN News] The excessive use of force during large-scale demonstrations against food and fuel shortages in Sudan is alarming, and an infringement on the right of peaceful assembly, said UN independent experts on Friday.

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Nigeria: Probe Campaign Spending By Saraki, Others, Serap Asks INEC

[Vanguard] Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), requesting him to “promptly, thoroughly and effectively investigate allegation that Senate President Bukola Saraki spent between N200m and N400m in every state, except the six South-West states, to influence the outcome of the 2015 elections for the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

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South Africa:A Law Isn’t Enough to Stop Domestic Violence

[ISS] Twenty years after the Domestic Violence Act was passed, intimate partner violence remains a serious problem in South Africa. Victims of domestic violence, the police and shelters face numerous challenges in responding to the crisis.

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