Politics - Elections
  • Electoral board denies protesting Liberian parties' appeal
    24 november 2017 18:11:47
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Friday denied an appeal by two parties against the ruling of its Dispute Hearing Officer dismissing their complaint of irregularities and fraud in Liberia's 10 October polls. Full text...

  • Buhari says current political challenge in Liberia will be resolved constitutionally
    21 november 2017 18:48:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberia's current political challenge will be resolved constitutionally, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday when he received the President of Togo and current chairman of ECOWAS, Mr Faure Gnassingbe, in Abuja. Full text...

  • Protesting Liberian parties appeal against ruling to electoral board
    21 november 2017 18:14:08
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberia's ruling Unity Party (UP) and the Liberty Party on Tuesday announced an appeal to the Board of Commissioners of the National Election Commission (NEC) after the Dispute Hearing Officer denied and dismissed their complaint of irregularities and fraud in the 10 October polls. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenya Supreme Court upholds President Kenyatta's election victory
    20 november 2017 08:37:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Supreme Court on Monday upheld the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 26 October election re-run. Full text...

  • U.S. Embassy 'confident in integrity' of Liberia's 10 October polls
    15 november 2017 18:49:31
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United States Embassy in Liberia said on Wednesday it has "confidence in the integrity" of the presidential and representative elections held in the West African country on 10 October. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan PM to head AU observer mission to Equatorial Guinea
    08 november 2017 09:59:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Rwandan Prime Minister, Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, will lead a 30-member team of observers to monitor Equatorial Guinea's general elections on 12 November, an authoritative source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenya opposition rules out seeking redress in court
    02 november 2017 18:28:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has said there are no plans by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to go to the Supreme Court to challenge the October 26 repeat presidential election that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta emerge victor. Full text...

  • Kenyatta declared Presidential election winner
    30 october 2017 16:24:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's electoral body declared Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected on Monday, with 98.26% of the vote, at the end of a repeat Presidential election which followed the nullification of the 8 Aug Presidential vote. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenyatta to be declared winner of Presidency with 98%
    30 october 2017 12:23:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta was set to be declared winner of the 26 Oct presidential re-run with 98% of the votes cast, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • U.S. official sues for DR Congo elections in 2018
    27 october 2017 19:18:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on a three-day visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to organize elections in 2018 and in order to put an end to a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country. Full text...

  • Ballots for Liberia presidential run-off arrive 28 October
    25 october 2017 17:04:02
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A consignment of ballot papers for Liberia’s presidential run-off election on 7 November is expected to arrive in the country on 28 October, the National Elections Commission (NEC) disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan trade unions call for presidential election postponement
    23 october 2017 16:44:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan trade unions and the civil society organisations on Monday called for the postponement of the presidential election set for Thursday, saying it would plunge the country into a deeper political crisis. Full text...

  • ECONEC officials meet UNDP head in Cote d'Ivoire on upcoming regional, municipal votes
    16 october 2017 15:11:45
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is seeking support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Ivorian national electoral commission, which will conduct Regional and Municipal polls in June 2018. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups accuse Kenyan police of killing at least 33 post-election protesters
    16 october 2017 07:09:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan police killed at least 33 people, possibly as many as 50, and injured hundreds more in some parts of Nairobi, the capital, in response to protests following the August 8, 2017 elections, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Liberia: George Weah maintains lead with 74% of votes processed
    14 october 2017 17:34:10
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberia National Elections Commission (NEC) on Saturday said with 74% (or 1.19 million) votes cast in the 10 October presidential election processed, former football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has maintained his steady lead with 39.2 per cent. Full text...

  • Liberia: EU urges transparent tallying of poll results
    14 october 2017 16:06:11
    Monrovia, Liberia, (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has stressed the importance for the on-going tallying of the election results in Liberia to be done in a transparent manner. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Liberia: Former world top footballer Weah maintains early lead in Liberia presidential poll
    13 october 2017 15:07:21
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has maintained an early lead in Liberia's 10 October presidential election garnering 39.6% of the preliminary votes announced. Full text...

  • Liberia: Former world top footballer Weah takes early lead in Liberia presidential poll
    13 october 2017 07:18:12
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has taken an early lead in Liberia's 10 October presidential election garnering 44.4 per cent of the votes in preliminary results from 20.25 per cent of valid votes in Bomi county. Full text...

  • US: UN chief Guterres welcomes peaceful elections in Liberia
    12 october 2017 16:40:01
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Tuesday's peaceful presidential and House of Representatives elections in Liberia and reiterated the continued support of the UN to the consolidation of peace and democracy in the West African country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's Odinga withdraws from Presidential election
    10 october 2017 14:48:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, has withdrawn from the 26 October Presidential election. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Funds shortage cripples Sierra Leonean electoral body
    09 october 2017 19:34:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone ( PANA) - Sierra Leone's cash-strapped National Electoral Commission (NEC) said Monday it owes service providers and its own staff an undisclosed amount of money while government officials have been engaged in confrontations over how much the government owes the electoral body. Full text...

  • Liberia: Top UN envoy charges Liberian poll candidates to calm supporters
    09 october 2017 18:23:40
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General (SRSG) in Liberia has urged candidates and political parties to instil calm in their supporters as a successful election will rest on their behaviour. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenyan career diplomat heads AU observer mission in Liberia
    09 october 2017 17:40:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has deployed Erastus Mwencha, its former Deputy Chairperson, as the head of the election observer mission in Liberia. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberian parties' flag bearers charged to respect electoral peace accord
    09 october 2017 10:39:38
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, John Mahama, has urged flag bearers of political parties for Tuesday's elections to respect their commitment to peaceful polls as contained in the Farmington River Declaration they signed in Monrovia last June in the presence of ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS election observers in Liberia charged on professionalism, impartiality
    08 october 2017 16:28:10
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Members of the ECOWAS 71-member Election Observation Mission to Liberia have been charged to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and impartiality in discharging their responsibility as Liberians go to the polls on 10 October to elect their country’s 25th president and 73 parliamentarians. Full text...

  • Liberia: Heads of international observer groups strategise on Liberia's crucial elections
    08 october 2017 16:20:35
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Heads of international election observation missions to Liberia met Sunday in the capital, Monrovia, to share information and experiences ahead of the country’s crucial presidential and legislative polls. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS, ECONEC pledge unflinching support for democratic Liberia
    07 october 2017 20:55:18
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS and its network for electoral Commissions, ECONEC have reiterated their total commitment to peaceful and credible elections in Liberia on 10 October towards consolidating democracy in the country and the region. Full text...

  • Liberia: President Johnson-Sirleaf receives head of ECOWAS observer mission
    07 october 2017 20:43:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s out-going President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reaffirmed her commitment to successful transfer of power through credible and peaceful elections on 10 October, towards consolidation of democracy in the country. Full text...

  • Liberia: EU deploys 81 Observers to Liberian presidential polls
    06 october 2017 15:02:35
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Liberia on Friday said it has deployed 34 short-term observers (STOs) together with additional 12 observers from diplomatic representations of EU member states in Liberia. Full text...

  • Liberia: US nudges Liberians to uphold peace, respect democratic process
    06 october 2017 14:04:29
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Embassy of the United States of America in Liberia has appealed to Liberians to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process before and after the 10 October presidential and legislative elections in the west Africn country. Full text...

  • Liberia: Political stakeholders charged on peaceful vote in Liberia
    05 october 2017 19:59:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) has appealed to all political stakeholders, especially political parties, candidates and the media to act within the law to ensure peaceful presidential and legislative elections in the country on October 10. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberia shuts int’l airport on eve of elections
    05 october 2017 16:40:00
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Travellers to Liberia for the presidential and legislative elections and business transactions planning to arrive by air will have to do so by 8 October. Full text...

  • Liberia: Ex-Ghanaian leader heads ECOWAS election Observer Mission to Liberia
    05 october 2017 15:58:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama, at the head of a 71-member Election Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrived in Liberia Thursday to observe the presidential and legislative polls, set for 10 October. Full text...

  • Liberia: 34 NDI Observers arrive for Liberia's presidential poll
    05 october 2017 15:52:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A 34-member observer delegation from the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) will Thursday join international and local observers for the Liberian presidential and legislative elections, slated for 10 October. Full text...

  • Liberia: Electoral umpire takes delivery of ballot papers for 10 Oct. polls
    30 september 2017 16:23:50
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Liberia on Friday took delivery of another consignment of ballot papers for the country’s 10 October elections. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS long-term observers deploy in Liberia
    29 september 2017 15:04:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observers (ELTEOs) have been deployed in Liberia’s 15 administrative Counties in continuation of their mandate to assess critical phases of the electoral process, pre- Election Day and post-electoral period. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS poll observers watch last round of Liberia's presidential debate
    27 september 2017 12:09:55
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) In continuation of their assessment of the processes leading up to Liberia’s 10 October presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS Observers had the opportunity of watching the second and final round of the country’s Presidential Debate organised Media rights group, Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), in Monrovia on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition supporters mobilise for mass eviction of election chief
    24 september 2017 18:50:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The main opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), on Sunday called on its supporters to dress up with gas masks and prepare for the mass eviction of the officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from office on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia: UN reaffirms commitment to democracy in Liberia
    23 september 2017 09:37:13
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) is providing Liberia with important support to ensure credible and successful presidential and legislative elections in October, towards the consolidation of democracy in the country and the ECOWAS region, Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), has affirmed. Full text...

  • Kenya: Stop crackdown on presidential age limit supporters, rights body tells Uganda
    22 september 2017 14:52:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ugandan authorities must end their absurd attempts to silence people opposed to scrapping the presidential age limit, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Attorney General enters presidential race
    22 september 2017 14:28:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone ( PANA) - Five months ahead of the 2018 general elections, Attorney General Joseph Fitzgeral Kamara (JFK) becomes the latest man to announce his presidential aspiration on behalf of the ruling All Peoples Congress. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberia's electoral body, police commit to successful 10 October polls
    21 september 2017 09:56:28
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Officials of Liberia’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) and police authorities have assured ECOWAS Long-Term Observers of their commitment to successful presidential and parliamentary elections in the country on 10 October 2017. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Former diplomat Petito Koroma enters race for president
    19 september 2017 11:42:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Former Sierra Leone Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Alimamy Petito Koroma, on Tuesday declared his intention to run for president of the West African country on the ticket of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Polls body, parties' fallout complicate matters ahead of fresh elections (News analysis by David Jagongo, PANA Correspondent, Kenya)
    15 september 2017 14:24:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The fallout in Kenyan elections took a new dimension Thursday when an MP, allied to President Uhuru's Kenyatta's Jubilee Party, went to court demanding the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga over the nullification of the 8 August presidential poll. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Electoral body wants judiciary to set up electoral court
    15 september 2017 12:27:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ahead of the 2018 general elections, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Sierra Leone has started lobbying the judiciary for the establishment of an electoral court. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Parliament creates 20 new seats ahead of 2018 elections
    08 september 2017 13:07:51
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ahead of the 2018 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the Sierra Leonean House of Parliament (HOP) has passed a bill creating 20 more constituencies - a result of the new Boundary Delimitation (BD) that was done by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in 2016. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU calls for peaceful completion of the electoral process in Angola
    05 september 2017 15:31:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called for the ''peaceful completion'' of the electoral process in Angola, according to a communique published Tuesady in Brussels by the European Service for External Action. Full text...

  • Belgium: Members of European Parliament say Kenyans should avoid voilence
    04 september 2017 17:05:12
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Monday urged Kenyans and the two main presidential candidates to do everything possible to avoid political turmoil in the country following last Friday's annulment by the Supreme Court of the 8 August presidential election. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenya Independent Electoral Commission sets 17 October for rerun election
    04 september 2017 16:44:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set 17 October to conduct the new presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court last Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU concerned by low turnout of women, youth on election days in Africa
    30 august 2017 18:36:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Low participation of citizens in elections held in Africa and abuse of the social media by some sections of the civil society and political parties are matters of concern to the African Union (AU), according to a communiqué issued Wednesday by the Peace and Security Council (PSC). Full text...

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