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11 embassies, 96 others to monitor polls – INEC

Ahead of the 2015 General Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said it had accredited 107 domestic and international observers to monitor the elections which is slated for March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The accredited observers are embassies of 11 foreign nations of the United States of America, Switzerland, Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Ghana and the Republic of Korea.

The commission  has also listed 14 international and regional organisations as part of the accredited observers.

Among which are; the international organisations are International Foundation for Electoral Systems; UN Women; International Republican Institute; Africa Students Association of Ireland; National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; UNDP/DGD Project; Centre for Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Georgia, USA; Commonwealth Observers Mission; and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Kenya.

The rest of the international organisations are Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford; European Union Delegation to Nigeria; ECOWAS Mission; European Union and Election Observation Mission.

Among the 82 domestic observers are, New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Centre for Strategic Conflict Management; Global Agenda for Total Emancipation; Citizens Right and Leadership Awareness Initiative; Justice Development and Peace Commission (Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria); Fundamental Rights League International ; Police Service Commission; Centre for Grassroot Development and Crime Prevention; and Centre for Civic Education (aka Transition Monitoring Group)

They also include Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development; Election Monitor; Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution; Society for Equity, Justice and peace; Justice & Equity Organisation; Cleen Foundation; and West African Network of Election Observers.

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150 feared killed after Germanwings airliner crashes

A Germanwings airliner with 150 people  on-board has crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, the British Broadcasting Corporation reports.

The plane went down between Digne and Barcelonnette. A rescue helicopter has reportedly reached the site of the crash, in a remote mountain area.

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Presidential poll: INEC begins distribution of sensitive materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission will on today begin  the distribution of sensitive materials for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr. Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, disclosed this on Tuesday at an interview in Abuja. He said sensitive materials which includes ballot papers and forms for writing results will be distributed from today the 25th of March.

He also stated that these “ sensitive materials”  are in respective vault of the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) offices in states, so they are already in the states.

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Lagos to Experience 260 Days of Rainfall

On Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said following the 2015 seasonal rainfall prediction, the state would experience 260 days of rainfall this year with the maximum annual rainfall pegged at 1,824mm.

Mr. Tunji Bello, the Commissioner for the Environment, disclosed this at a news conference at Alausa. He explained that maximum rainfall would be experienced within and around Marina area of Lagos Island and that Lagos State would experience a rainy season of between 245 and 260 days, with the maximum annual rainfall predicted to be around 1,824mm.

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