Daily Watch – Five parties sue EC over voter registration, al-Burhan dissolves RSF

8th September 2023

Nigeria lost about ₦335 million to oil spilled between January and August 2023, according to estimation from data released by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA). NOSDRA, in its oil spill data for the period under review, said a total of 168 incidents of oil spill incidents, which cost the country a loss of 5,520 barrels of crude oil in eight months, were recorded against oil companies operating in the country. Going by an average price for crude oil within the period of $82 per barrel, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s exchange rate of ₦740/$1, the estimated amount the country lost to oil spill within the period under review was ₦335 million.

The production and distribution costs of businesses in the manufacturing sector rose by 17.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). In its latest aggregate Manufacturers CEO’s Confidence Index (MCCI), the association said the cost in Q2 was a slowdown from the 24 percent increase witnessed in the preceding quarter. “Amidst the harsh business-operating environment evidenced by poor macroeconomic indices, the underperformance was largely driven by the slow recovery from the cash crunch, high cost of energy, high transportation cost and partially by the abrupt removal of subsidy that took effect towards the end of Q2,” the report said. It said the economic turmoil disrupted the manufacturing value chain, escalated cost of manufacturing operations and resulted in reduction in manufacturing patronage.

Five opposition political parties led by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have sued the Electoral Commission (EC) over the upcoming limited voter registration exercise. The writ filed today (Thursday, 7 September 2023) at the Supreme Court has the NDC, the Convention People’s Party (CPP), All People’s Congress (APC); Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG); and the Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP) demanding that the apex court should restrain the EC from holding the upcoming Limited Voter Registration exercise at only district offices instead of electoral areas. The parties are of the view that EC’s decision to restrict the centres of voter registration to their district offices has the potential to deprive many eligible voters of their right to be registered as voters and to vote in public elections.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Council and Commander-in-Chief of the Army, issued two decisions on Wednesday, 6 September, formally dissolving the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and abolishing the RSF Law of 2017. Two days after the outbreak of the conflict on 17 April, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry announced al-Burhan’s decision to dissolve the RSF and categorise it as a rebel force. Also, the military-led government took further measures, including suspending the salaries of its troops.