Politics - Elections
  • France calls for amicable solution of Togo's political crisis
    14 december 2018 17:11:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – The spokesperson for the French foreign Ministry, Ms Agnès von der Mühll, on Friday expressed concern about the political crisis in Togo and called for a consensual solution by the government and opposition. She also condemned the latest political violence that claimed four lives, according to official figures. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament has no resolution on Togo crisis, says Speaker
    14 december 2018 11:42:18
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lô, has denied rumours that the sub-regional parliament will pass a resolution on the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • Presidential Council head says general elections only solution to Libyan crisis
    12 december 2018 16:50:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Chair of the Presidential Council of theGovernment of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has said that ‘’the option of presidential and parliamentary elections, announced more than one year ago, is the decisive solution to the fight for power and the resolution of the problem of legitimacy and the divisive situation in the country’’. Full text...

  • Parties submit names of nominees for presidential polls in Senegal
    11 december 2018 13:06:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Political parties in Senegal on Monday began submitting the nominees for candidates for the presidential election, scheduled for 24 February, 2009. Full text...

  • Nigerien president determined to hand over power in 2021
    08 december 2018 19:09:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou, has assured his compatriots that he will hand over power in 2021, when his term expires. Full text...

  • IOC sues for dialogue, ahead of run off vote in Malagasy presidential polls
    08 december 2018 12:46:50
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is suing for dialogue among stakeholders in Malagasy as the country braces up for a second-round of voting in the Malagasy presidential election. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages more Nigerian stakeholders ahead of 2019 elections
    04 december 2018 15:26:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has taken its phased training workshop on Dialogue and Mediation to political stakeholders in Nigeria’s south-west geo-political zone as part of the regional organization’s engagements towards ensuring peaceful elections in the country in 2019. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves to amend its electoral system
    01 december 2018 08:03:41
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Government has decided to amend the Constitution of the island in a bid to reform certain aspects of the electoral system, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis. Full text...

  • UN calls on Senegalese politicians to work for peaceful elections
    28 november 2018 19:43:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, on Wednesday urged Senegalese politicians to respect the democratic game and work for a peaceful presidential election next February. Full text...

  • Nigerian State gov. lauds ECOWAS dialogue, mediation initiatives ahead of 2019 polls
    27 november 2018 15:12:47
    Kaduna, Nigeria (PANA) - The governor of Nigeria’s Northern State of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, has commended the ECOWAS Commission for its efforts towards ensuring peaceful elections in the country in 2019. Full text...

  • Libyans say 2019 general elections must resolve crisis in their country (Analysis)
    23 november 2018 18:36:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Will troubles facing Libyans be over after the promised general elections take place? The answer could be any guess as politicians as well as ordinary citizens wait with bated breath to see their country under a freely chosen leadership instead of the barrel of the gun. Full text...

  • Campaign for DRC elections starts on Thursday
    22 november 2018 10:02:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA ) - Campaign for the presidential, legislative and provincial elections sheduled for 23 December in the Democratic Republic of Congo officially starts at midnight on Thursday, the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa-Yobeluo, announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's elections chief reaffirms commitment to deliver credible 2019 elections
    16 november 2018 13:05:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has reaffirmed the Commission's commitment and determination to deliver credible elections in Nigeria in 2019, which will embody the concepts of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability, by also ensuring that established rules are fully, fairly and impartially enforced. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges DRC gov't to ‘secure’ next month's key elections
    14 november 2018 01:54:46
    New York, US (PANA) - With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the country still threaten to derail the vote, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General's Special Representative announces general elections in Libya in 2019
    09 november 2018 14:56:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, on Thursday announced that Libya should begin the process of organizing national elections in spring 2019, following an inclusive national conference at the beginning of the year, devoted to the conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Togo to hold parliamentary elections on 20 December
    09 november 2018 12:26:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The West African state of Togo will hold parliamentary elections on 20 December, according to a decree issued on Thursday evening following the meeting of the Council of ministers. It said campaign for the election will begin on 4 December and end on 18 December. Full text...

  • ECONEC partners with GIZ to empower media on professional reporting of elections
    30 october 2018 07:50:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has called for trust, openness and cooperation between election management bodies and the media to ensure the delivery of credible, transparent and peaceful elections in West Africa. Full text...

  • Buhari meets with joint UN, AU and ECOWAS election mission in Abuja
    29 october 2018 17:10:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday received members of the Joint United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS Good Offices Mission on Elections in Abuja, saying that Nigeria has left that era in which democratic norms are brazenly subverted, with votes awarded to those favoured by the authorities. Full text...

  • Regional experts validate result of ECONEC's study on cost of elections in West Africa
    17 october 2018 11:10:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - After two days of deliberations in Abuja, regional election experts have validated the outcome of the study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), with concrete recommendations to make elections more cost-effective, yet credible and democracy, sustainable in the region. Full text...

  • Cameroon Constitutional Council rejects 16 appeals against presidential poll
    17 october 2018 10:50:27
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Constitutional Council of Cameroon has dismissed 16 out of 18 appeals to partially or totally annul the 7 October presidential election. Full text...

  • ECONEC advocates cost-effective election management in West Africa
    16 october 2018 04:55:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has called on electoral management bodies (EMBs) in the region to reappraise election funding towards making the electoral process more cost-effective but at the same time, free, fair and credible. Full text...

  • DRC's electoral process advancing despite threat of armed groups, UN envoy
    12 october 2018 06:26:47
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain on course, but still face “major challenges”, including violence from armed groups in the country’s east, the top United Nations official in the country said on Thursday. Full text...

  • African Union calls for restraint after Cameroonian Presidential vote
    10 october 2018 13:37:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is closely following events in Cameroon, where an opposition party declared victory in the 7 October Presidential elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages Nigerian political stakeholders on conflict-free 2019 elections
    08 october 2018 09:07:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The second of five workshops planned by the ECOWAS Commission for Nigerian political actors and civil society groups on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts opens on Tuesday in Benin City, capital of Edo State, in the south-south geo-political zone. Full text...

  • UN Security Council says DRC's December polls are ‘historic opportunity’
    07 october 2018 04:57:36
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Saturday wrapped up a two-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the body’s 15 members pledged to support the process in the run-up to long-delayed elections, set for late December, and called for the polls to be credible and peaceful. Full text...

  • Sudan's NCP says economic crisis will not lead to postponement of 2020 polls
    30 september 2018 09:16:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has said the current economic crisis will not force it into postponing the 2020 general and presidential elections in which President Omar al-Bashir is largely speculated to stand. Full text...

  • Nigerian Governor lauds ECOWAS' initiative for conflict-free vote in 2019
    19 september 2018 09:09:32
    Jos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governor of Nigeria’s Central State of Plateau, Simon Bako Lalong, has commended the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for the proactive engagement of political stakeholders on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts ahead of the county’s crucial 2019 general elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages Nigerian political actors, civil society on conflict-free polls in 2019
    16 september 2018 20:49:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s crucial general elections in 2019, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with the Abuja-based Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), has lined up workshops for political actors, peace agents and infrastructures for peace platforms across four of Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones, on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts. Full text...

  • AU deploys Election Observation Mission to Rwanda’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections
    29 august 2018 15:36:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, following an invitation from the Rwanda's National Electoral Commission, has approved the deployment of an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in the Republic of Rwanda as the country prepares to hold Parliamentary Elections from 2 to 4 September, 2018. Full text...

  • Rights group says DRC opposition under assault
    28 august 2018 07:19:32
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Government security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used live ammunition and teargas to disperse largely peaceful political opposition rallies during candidate registration in early August 2018, Human Rights Watch has said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Respect for fundamental rights, freedoms key for peaceful polls in DRC – UN mission chief
    28 august 2018 06:15:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Confidence and consensus around key issues are still required ahead of this year’s presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council heard on Monday. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Mnangagwa reiterates peace, unity appeal
    24 august 2018 16:19:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president-elect, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose victory in the 30 July elections was upheld by the Constitutional Court on Friday, has called for peace and unity in the Southern African country. Full text...

  • Gadafi’s loyalists announce intention to be part of Libya’s upcoming elections
    17 august 2018 15:54:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan National Gathering, which has figures loyal to the regime of Moammar Gaddafi, on Wednesday held its second conference in Tripoli and announced its intention to nominate candidates for the forthcoming Libyan elections and any other political activities “to salvage the country”, according to the Libyan Observer newspaper. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president raises preliminary objections to opposition's election petition
    16 august 2018 07:49:05
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is challenging opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's election petition against him, says there is no valid petition against his victory in the 30 July election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ruling party challenges opposition leader's election petition
    15 august 2018 12:10:50
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The legal team of Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has filed papers against the challenge of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance of the 20 July election results that gave victory to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Full text...

  • 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...

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