Politics - Elections
  • 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...

  • 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...

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