Politics - Elections
  • UN says future Somalia elections must not be ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls
    14 august 2018 06:31:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - In a report released on Monday, the United Nations has urged Somalia to take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses committed during the 2016-2017 electoral process. Full text...

  • Libya High National Elections Commission ready for forthcoming elections
    07 august 2018 13:55:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of Libya's High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Imad Al-Sayeh, has reaffirmed the readiness of the commission to hold the elections on time, through the geographical constituencies. Full text...

  • AUC pledges support to DR Congo's electoral process
    06 august 2018 12:54:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - "Guided by the relevant instruments, including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union will spare no efforts to help mobilize the necessary technical and logistical support for the successful organization of the DR Congo elections, scheduled for December 2018." Full text...

  • Kenyatta congratulates Zimbabwean President on election outcome
    06 august 2018 09:22:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent congratulatory messages to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the elections which took place in the Southern Africa nation. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation ends four-nation tour
    05 august 2018 07:39:01
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by governing board President Mahmood Yakubu has ended a four-nation Needs Assessment and Solidarity Mission, pledging support for Togo’s 20 December parliamentary elections endorsed by the Lome Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission to help secure Guinea Bissau's November polls
    04 august 2018 09:43:32
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The ECOWAS peace Mission in Guinea Bissau, ECOMIB, has reassured a visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) of its total commitment to complementing the national security agencies in securing Guinea Bissau’s parliamentary elections slated for 18 November. Full text...

  • US urges Zimbabwe stakeholders to pursue election grievances peacefully
    04 august 2018 09:38:39
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has urged all stakeholders and citizens in Zimbabwe to pursue any grievances in connection with last Monday's elections peacefully and through established legal channels. Full text...

  • International observers condemn Zimbabwe's post-election violence
    03 august 2018 11:45:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - International Election Observer Missions to Zimbabwe have condemned the bloody post-election violence that rocked the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and extended their sympathies to all those affected when police cracked down on the opposition demonstrators. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announces final parliamentary election results
    02 august 2018 11:25:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday declared the results of the final three constituencies in last Monday's parliamentary elections with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance winning 2 seats and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) winning the third one. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Uneasy calm in Harare after bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators
    02 august 2018 10:03:34
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is uneasy calm on Thursday in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after Wednesday's bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators who claimed their victory in Monday's elections had been stolen. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau appeals for electoral support
    02 august 2018 09:16:29
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau’s Interior Minister Mutaro Djalo has appealed to development partners and friendly nations for support to enable the country conduct a success legislative election next November and mitigate the country’s political fragility. Full text...

  • ECONEC, UNDP discuss support for Guinea Bissau polls
    02 august 2018 08:14:24
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, met on Wednesday with officials of the UNDP Office in Bissau to discuss Guinea Bissau’s November parliamentary election and areas of support for the national electoral Commission, CNE. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe as poll results show ruling party wins two-thirds of parliamentary seats
    01 august 2018 15:25:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Violence erupted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday as parliamentary results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) showed that the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has won a landslide victory in Monday's vote. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Election observer missions approve Zimbabwe's elections
    01 august 2018 11:12:54
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Several observer missions to Zimbabwe’s elections on Wednesday approved the vote and made recommendations on how the country can improve the process in the future, the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • Ruling ZANU-PF in clear lead in parliamentary vote; presidential results yet to be released
    01 august 2018 06:09:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has taken a commanding lead in Monday's parliamentary election, winning more than 70 per cent of seats so far declared, the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • HAC commends Malian media for exhibiting professionalism during presidential polls
    31 july 2018 16:03:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The president of the Malian High Communication Authority (HAC), Fodié Toure, has praised the professionalism exhibited by the Malian media in covering the nation's 29 July presidential election. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation meets Senegalese electoral commission
    31 july 2018 14:14:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), headed by governing board president, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, met in Dakar on Tuesday with officials of Senegal's Independent Electoral Commission (CENA) led by its President, Doudou Ndir. Full text...

  • UPDATE: 'Disregard unofficial results', urges Zimbabwe electoral commissioner
    31 july 2018 10:29:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Priscilla Chigumba, has urged Zimbabweans to disregard results not announced by the commission, the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, (ZBC) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader Chamisa claims victory
    31 july 2018 06:28:29
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is claiming victory in Monday's historic presidential elections saying his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance is ready to form the next government. Full text...

  • Counting of votes continues in Zimbabwe elections
    31 july 2018 05:35:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Counting of votes in Zimbabwe's historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections is continuing on Tuesday as the Electoral Commission put the provisional voter turnout at 75 per cent. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's historic elections conclude peacefully
    30 july 2018 17:30:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections concluded officially at 7 pm (1700 GMT) on Monday with reports indicating that there was a high turnout throughout the Southern African nation. Full text...

  • UPDATE: High turn-out as Zimbabweans vote in historic elections
    30 july 2018 12:57:40
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is a high turn-out as Zimbabweans vote in historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on Monday. Full text...

  • Collation of ballot papers in progress after Mali vote
    30 july 2018 07:15:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Collation of ballots is in progress on Monday at designated centres after Mali's presidential election on Sunday that was marked by low voter-turnout. Full text...

  • Polls open in Zimbabwe's historic elections
    30 july 2018 05:50:02
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Polls have opened in Zimbabwe where voters are casting their ballots in their historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • As Malians head to the polls, Guterres calls for peaceful vote
    29 july 2018 11:37:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As Mali’s crucial presidential election begin on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has said despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost “an important celebration of democracy”. Full text...

  • Any dispute over key Mali vote must be resolved peacefully, says UN envoy
    28 july 2018 07:36:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - With key presidential elections in Mali just one day away, the top United Nations official there has stressed that candidates must accept the results and ensure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming DR Congo elections
    27 july 2018 06:04:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, says the most senior United Nations official based in the country. Full text...

  • UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid reports of intimidation
    25 july 2018 06:38:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Zimbabwe’s upcoming presidential elections must be peaceful and credible, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party. Full text...

  • Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission arrives for Zimbabwe vote
    24 july 2018 09:43:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission for Zimbabwe's 30 July elections, former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama, has arrived in the country to carry out his assignment, the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • 16 independent candidates bid for seats in Rwandan parliamentary election
    10 july 2018 14:37:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 16 independent candidates, including one woman, will contest the upcoming parliamentary polls, to be held 2-3 September, 2018, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Kalisa Mbanda, confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's elections offer chance to break with gross human rights violations - Rights group
    10 july 2018 06:55:35
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's election at the end of this month will take place in the context of decades of politically motivated gross human rights violations, including mass killings, the forced disappearance of critics and suppression of peaceful protesters, human rights group, Amnesty International, said in a new briefing published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • NEC directs political parties to submit lists of nominated candidates for parliamentary election
    09 july 2018 16:09:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has asked all registered political parties to submit their list of nominated candidates in order of priority ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September, 2018, an official source confirmed Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe military stresses neutrality in upcoming 30 July elections
    04 july 2018 12:42:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Wednesday stressed their neutrality in the upcoming 30 July presidential and parliamentary elections refuting claims that members of the security forces have been deployed in rural areas to intimidate villagers. Full text...

  • Rwandan political parties prepare for parliamentary election
    29 june 2018 16:21:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Friday gave political parties and independent candidates the green light to pave the ground for campaigns slated to kick off on 12 July 2018, ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president says 30 July elections to ahead despite election rally explosion
    25 june 2018 13:48:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared that the country's 30 July elections will go ahead despite an explosion that rocked a rally he addressed in opposition stronghold Bulawayo last Saturday. Full text...

  • Rights group warns elections in DR Congo overshadowed by human rights concerns
    23 june 2018 10:11:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the government of DR Congo to ensure that everyone can exercise their freedom of expression and association as the country prepares for the long-awaited December elections. Full text...

  • Twenty-three candidates file papers to contest Zimbabwe's presidential election
    15 june 2018 11:36:11
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Twenty-three candidates filed their nomination papers at the High Court on Thursday to contest for president in next month's election in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced on Friday. The election is scheduled for 30 July 2018. Full text...

  • U.S. welcomes Burundian president's decision not to seek another term after 2020
    13 june 2018 15:11:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza that he will not seek a fourth term of office, reaffirming the promise he made to the Burundian people in 2015, a statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali has indicated. Full text...

  • Rights group says lack of reform risks credible elections in Zimbabwe
    08 june 2018 05:29:10
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for 30 July, 2018, a human rights group has said. Full text...

  • AU gathers long-term election observers for capacity building workshop
    02 may 2018 11:37:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has brought together more than 30 Long-term Observers (LTOs) from across the region for an intensive capacity building seminar in response to emerging challenges associated with election observation as a tool for conflict prevention and consolidation of democracy in Africa. Full text...

  • AUC organizes training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for Somalia
    23 april 2018 13:33:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is showcasing a training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) from 23 to 25 April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • UDP wins Gambia’s local council election
    13 april 2018 19:57:37
    Banjul, The Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s biggest party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), has won Thursday's local council elections, claiming 62 of the 120 seats, election officials announced on Friday. Full text...

  • ECONEC presents findings of study on cost of elections
    11 april 2018 13:48:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three consultants commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) to conduct a study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, presented their findings to the on-going Abuja International Conference on Wednesday, with the Lead Consultant, Prof. Adele Jinadu, advocating that elections should be considered as an investment with social benefits that will engender democracy and economic development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election assistance improving polls with integrity in West Africa
    10 april 2018 16:28:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A book on "A Decade of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa" has been unveiled in Abuja with an official of the German Development Agency, GIZ, which provided funding for the publication commending ECOWAS’ electoral assistance for adding value to elections in the region. Full text...

  • ECONEC President urges appropriate, cost effective use of technology in elections
    09 april 2018 19:07:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has called for “appropriate and cost-effective” use of technology to boost public confidence in the electoral process and for the protection of the sanctity and integrity of the ballot. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari to contest for second term
    09 april 2018 14:12:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday made the long-expected announcement that he will seek a second term next year. Full text...

  • Mauritania's opposition coalition wants mutual electoral process
    27 march 2018 11:32:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian opposition coalition, National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), on Tuesday called for consultations on the electoral process and warned against the unilateral method currently being implemented by the government. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans go to run-off presidential poll 31 March
    26 march 2018 19:57:18
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  • AU deploys short-term observers to 26-28 March presidential election in Egypt
    25 march 2018 13:56:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government and National Election Authority in Egypt, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has approved the deployment of a team of 40 Short-Term election observers to the Presidential election in Egypt, scheduled for 26-28 March, 2018. Full text...

  • Rights group says there can be no free elections in current climate in Libya
    21 march 2018 16:34:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A human rights group said on Wednesday that the United Nations should urge the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord in Libya and competing authorities in the east of the country to create conditions conducive to a free and fair vote before rushing to hold general elections in 2018. Full text...

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