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October 19, 2017 5:59 AM Barack Obama returns to the political arena

Barack Obama is returning to the political arena for the first time in months after keeping a low profile and avoiding direct confrontation with his White House successor. The 56-year-old former president is scheduled to attend campaign rallies in New Jersey and Virginia on Thursday to support Democratic party candidates for governor. Voters in both states

October 19, 2017 12:09 AM Breaking Pennsylvania's Electoral Habits

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Oct 18, 2017 8:00 PM History will look upon last year's presidential election as one of the most unusual and volatile the nation has ever seen. Republican Donald Trump won the presidency by earning the most electoral votes while Democrat Hillary Clinton received 2.9 million more votes at the ballot

October 18, 2017 12:41 PM Chebukati asks staff adversely mentioned in bungled August poll to quit

By JEREMIAH WAKAYA, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, now wants Secretariat staff blamed for bungling the August 8 presidential election to step aside. Chebukati who made his first address after the resignation of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe said a seven-member project

October 18, 2017 11:51 AM IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati roots for dialogue before repeat election

NAIROBI, KENYA: Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has expressed frustration with both politicians and his commissioners in preparations for the repeat presidential election. He said politicians continue to threaten his staff while commissioners vote against his agenda most of the time interfering with organization

October 18, 2017 8:38 AM Final vote set for France’s new anti-terror law

By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Paris, France, Oct 18 – France’s parliament is set to pass a new controversial anti-terror law on Wednesday pushed by President Emmanuel Macron which has been criticised by rights groups. The final vote on the legislation is to be made in the upper house Senate after the lower house National Assembly overwhelmingly approved it last week. The new anti-terror 1

October 18, 2017 8:23 AM IEBC commissioner flees Kenya, resigns from New York

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) staff Roselyne Akombe has resigned from her job, eight days before October 26 repeat presidential election. In a statement, Akombe said the repeat presidential election as currently constituted cannot meet the basic expectations of free, fair and credible election. “We need the Commission 1

October 18, 2017 5:09 AM Vocal IEBC Commissioner Akombe resigns a week to polls

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – A commissioner at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Roselyn Akombe has resigned, saying the commission cannot conduct a credible election next week as currently constituted. Akombe left the country to Dubai to monitor the printing of ballot papers, but diverted to New York from where she sent the resignation 1

October 18, 2017 4:41 AM Kenya election official resigns, saying poll 'not credible'

A senior member of Kenya's electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political "siege", unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the US, she told the BBC she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats 1

October 18, 2017 2:55 AM Liberia gave itself a beautiful gift

For the first time in several generations, a democratically-elected President in Liberia is going to hand over power to another democratically elected President in Liberia. It is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s singular legacy that she has made this look normal, but there is nothing normal about what happened in Liberia last Tuesday. Liberia was supposed to be a success 1

October 17, 2017 9:04 PM Kenya 'unable' to hold credible run-off election

Kenya is unable to hold credible elections next week, a senior member of the country's electoral commission (IEBC) has told the BBC. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political "siege", unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the United States, she said she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats 1