Hong Kong bans Joshua Wong and 11 other pro-democracy figures from legislative election
By Kelly Ho, Tom Grundy and Jennifer CreeryJoshua Wong and 11 other Hong Kong pro-democracy election hopefuls have been disqualified from running in the 2020 Legislative Council election.HKFP confirmed with Civic Party’s leader Alvin Yeung that his nomination was ruled as invalid by returning officers on Thursday. His colleagues Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Tat Cheng were also banned.Pro-democracy activist Lester Shum and Southern District Councillor Tiffany Yuen also announced on Facebook that they were barred from running in the September race. Civic Passion’s Alvin Cheng, as well as Central ...
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Criticism over huge fees for Nigerian election hopefuls
Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's two main political parties are asking election hopefuls to pay huge fees for the chance to stand at next year's general election, in a move criticised as favouring the rich and well-connected.At the last nationwide vote in 2015, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of then-president Goodluck Jonathan charged 22 million naira per nomination form.The All Progressives Congress (APC) of the eventual winner Muhammadu Buhari asked for 27.5 million naira just to stand in the party's presidential primary.Now, as both parties prepare for polling in February next year, the APC wan...