Politics - Elections
  • Sierra Leone: NGO trains Anglophone countries in election management
    29 august 2017 11:58:41
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A non-governmental organisation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), is holding a two-day training conference for three Anglophone countries in election management in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. Full text...

  • Congo: Isidore Mvouba elected Speaker of Congo National Assembly
    21 august 2017 15:43:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese MPs on Saturday elected former Prime Minister, Isidore Mvouba, as the new Speaker of the National Assembly of Congo, to replace Justin Koumba, following the inauguration of the 14th legislature. Full text...

  • Kenya: Election official denies fleeing to US after airport delay
    16 august 2017 19:07:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan electoral commission briefly barred from flying to the US on Wednesday has denied reports she was fleeing after disagreeing with fellow officials of the electoral commission, whose declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory caused overnight violence, leading to deaths. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty slams 'irresponsible' attempts to shut down human rights groups
    16 august 2017 07:04:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has slammed attempts of Kenya’s NGO regulator to shut down two human rights organizations as "unlawful and irresponsible". Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief urges Kenyan leaders to 'act responsibly', avoid further violence
    15 august 2017 15:56:58
    Geneva, Switzerland PANA) – Calling on the Kenyan authorities to avoid violence, the United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday urged the Government to make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces which has led to deaths and injures, including among children. Full text...

  • Kenya: US hails Kenya's successful elections
    15 august 2017 08:39:42
    Nairobi ,Kenya (PANA) - The United States on Monday congratulated the people of Kenya on the successful conclusion of elections and President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS holds workshop for long-term election observers
    13 august 2017 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More than 20 regional experts in political affairs, gender, the media, civil society and development issues, began an intensive training in Accra on Sunday to deepen their knowledge on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN chief stresses dialogue to ease Kenyan post-election tensions
    13 august 2017 14:38:48
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections, and, stressing the importance of dialogue to defuse tensions, called on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence in the wake of the polls. Full text...

  • Kenya: Sporadic violence breaks out in Kenya after poll results
    12 august 2017 14:38:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several people are feared to have been killed in random shooting across the Western Kenyan towns of Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Bondo and in Nairobi after protests broke out following the announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta's poll victory, which the opposition leaders strongly disputed, officials said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECONET launches media tools for visibility
    11 august 2017 15:38:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its effort to generate greater awareness on its mandate to promote fair and credible elections in West Africa, the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), RESAO in French and Portuguese, has launched its new website along with other social media outreach tools. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan presidential election results expected to be declared shortly
    11 august 2017 09:59:58
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's elections body is undertaking its final tally of the presidential vote on Friday from 17 constituencies before declaring the winner of the polls held on 8 August 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty cautions Kenyan police against use of 'unnecessary force'
    10 august 2017 09:08:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged Kenyan police not to use unnecessary force in their handling of any election-related protests, amid fear and uncertainty in the country after the opposition rejected the initial publicly announced results. Full text...

  • Kenya: Elections body continues vote validation after opposition complaints
    10 august 2017 07:34:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's elections body confirmed receipt of final election result tallied from 30 constituencies on Thursday, which it would begin to display, according to a Commission official, Roselyn Akombe. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta edges closer to victory; IEBC dismisses Odinga's hacking claims
    09 august 2017 21:08:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta moved closer to being reelected in Tuesday's poll as he strengthened his lead and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rejected claims of his main rival Raila Odinga that the servers of the elections body was hacked and results manipulated. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Paul Kagame confirmed winner of 2017 Presidential election
    09 august 2017 15:29:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Paul Kagame is the definite winner in last week's presidential polls with 98.79%, according to final results released Wednesday by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's electoral body begins probe on poll hacking claim (Eds: Adds details)
    09 august 2017 10:56:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's electoral body said on Wednesday an investigation into the alleged hacking of its servers would be conducted and the final results could be provided within five days after a thorough verification process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's electoral body begins probe on poll hacking claim
    09 august 2017 10:47:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's electoral body said an investigation into the alleged hacking of its servers would be conducted and the final results could be provided within five days after a thorough verification process. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta maintains healthy lead in Kenya election
    09 august 2017 07:13:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has a healthy lead over his main rival, Raila Odinga, in Tuesday's presidential election, obtaining 54.53% with 91.28 per cent of the votes declared, according to provisional results published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition leader rejects election results
    09 august 2017 02:51:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan main opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the results of the Presidential vote, which showed President Uhuru Kenyatta leading with 6.3 million votes against his 5 million votes. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta maintains early lead in Kenya presidential election
    08 august 2017 21:00:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained an early lead in Tuesday's presidential election, according to provisional results published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan poll centres open for general elections
    08 august 2017 07:57:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday to elect a President and members of parliament in what is expected to be a closely contested election between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition challenger Raila Odinga. Full text...

  • Kenya: Polls open in Kenya general elections
    08 august 2017 06:41:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Voting has begun on Tuesday in Kenya's general elections where some 19 million registered voters are casting their ballots to elect a president, parliamentarians, governors and senators, among others. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN experts call on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls
    07 august 2017 21:17:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – On the eve of Kenya's General elections, three United Nations human rights experts have asked the government to urge all parties to maintain the highest standards of behaviour before, during and after Tuesday's vote to avoid a repeat of the violence that took place in 2007. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition leader expresses concern over poll preparations
    07 august 2017 17:08:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday met European Parliamentarians observing the elections and expressed worries that lack of transparency in the voters' register and potential failures of the electronic system of voting could affect outcomes. Full text...

  • Egypt: President Sisi ratifies law establishing Egypt's National Electoral Commission
    07 august 2017 15:52:38
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Monday ratified a law creating the country's National Electoral Commission (NEC) to supervise elections and referendums, according to the state-run news agency, MENA. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Defeated opposition candidate congratulates Rwanda president-elect, Paul Kagame
    05 august 2017 15:35:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The candidate of the opposition Democratic Green Party in Rwanda, Dr. Frank Habineza, defeated in the just-concluded 4 August Rwandan presidential election, on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to president-elect Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda’s president re-elected overwhelmingly
    05 august 2017 08:58:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Paul Kagame has won re-election in the presidential polls with 98.66%, according to provisional results released Friday midnight by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Kenya: EAC launches observer mission to Kenya’s polls
    01 august 2017 20:00:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The East African Community Election Observation Mission to Kenya’s forthcoming General Elections was launched on Tuesday in the capital, Nairobi, with an appeal to all Kenyans to vote calmly and uphold peace and tranquility for the betterment of all Kenyans and the East African region as a whole. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan poll body summons gubernatorial candidates over violence
    27 july 2017 09:56:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) summoned two politicians on Thursday to answer charges of election violence after a violent clash in which two people were shot and wounded. Full text...

  • Kenya: Diplomats urge free, peaceful presidential election in Kenya
    26 july 2017 13:50:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Members of the diplomatic corps in Kenya Wednesday called on Kenyans to ensure that the forthcoming General Elections is free, fair and peaceful. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges Liberia to plan for safe, credible polls
    25 july 2017 05:50:19
    New York, US (PANA) – With Liberian officials responsible for security in the country, the United Nations Security Council on Monday encouraged the Government to put in place an election security plan for the October polls. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition presidential candidate issues assurance over poll violence
    25 july 2017 05:31:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga appealed to his supporters on Monday not to flee their areas of current residence ahead of the 8 August elections, saying the vote presented a historic moment to bring change. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC deploys Election Observation Mission to 2017 legislative polls in Senegal
    23 july 2017 07:00:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Senegalese Government, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Senegal’s legislative elections, scheduled for 30 July 2017. Full text...

  • Liberia: President Johnson-Sirleaf reassures ECONEC, ECOWAS on Liberia’s October vote
    20 july 2017 17:43:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reassured visiting delegations of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the ECOWAS Commission of her government’s unwavering commitment to delivering credible and peaceful elections in the country in October to end her two-term tenure. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberia's parliament, judiciary, UN affirm support for October elections
    19 july 2017 08:24:41
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The leadership of Liberia’s parliament, judiciary and the United Nations Mission, UNMIL, have restated their support to ensure credible, fair, participatory and peaceful October elections in the country. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECONEC delegation engages Liberia's stakeholders ahead of October vote
    18 july 2017 09:33:33
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - After a successful pre-election Needs Assessment and Solidarity Mission to Sierra Leone, the delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has started consultations with stakeholders in neighbouring Liberia ahead of the country’s crucial October 2017 legislative and presidential elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECONEC lauded for supporting consolidation of democracy in Sierra Leone
    15 july 2017 09:36:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board’s delegation has concluded its Needs Assessment and Solidarity mission to Sierra Leone with a pat on the back from the country’s authorities, non-state actors and donor agencies, for boosting confidence in and supporting efforts to make the March 2018 elections in the country credible and peaceful. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: ECONEC, UNDP reaffirm support for Sierra Leone elections
    14 july 2017 08:30:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to lend their full support to the conduct of credible and peaceful March 2018 elections in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone authorities commit to March 2018 elections
    12 july 2017 09:07:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone authorities have reaffirmed to the visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) governing board their readiness to hold the March 2018 general elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission to strengthen regional electoral bodies on democracy
    08 july 2017 06:13:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission will continue to support and partner with electoral management bodies to deliver democracy and good governance through the conduct of credible, fair and peaceful elections in the region, the Vice President of the Commission, Mr. Edward Singhatey pledged in Abuja on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria pledges support to ECOWAS electoral management bodies
    08 july 2017 06:07:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has pledged the country’s continued support to the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in its efforts to deliver credible elections and advance democracy and good governance in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda : NEC clears 3 candidates for Rwandan presidential election
    07 july 2017 22:24:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Rwanda late Friday released a final list of three candidates to contest the presidential elections, slated for 4 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Senate president charges ECOWAS electoral bodies on credible polls
    07 july 2017 10:11:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, in Abuja, charged heads of election management bodies in the ECOWAS region to always deliver credible elections that will deepen democracy and good governance in West Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Electoral Commission clears 2 candidates for presidential elections, more expected
    06 july 2017 12:30:52
    Kigali , Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has cleared two of the 6 presidential aspirants vying for the presidential election, slated for 4 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Board of ECOWAS electoral bodies meets in Nigeria
    05 july 2017 09:12:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governing Board of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) will hold a two-day session in Abuja from 6-7 July 2017 ahead of its Needs Assessment and Solidarity Missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia, which are due to hold crucial elections. Full text...

  • Kenya: Electoral body admits errors in voters' register in Kenya
    29 june 2017 17:25:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Electoral Commission admitted on Thursday errors in the voters' roll call hours after opening up the register for verification, when individuals did a random search, which revealed the existence of fictitious names, national identification numbers and fake voters. Full text...

  • Kenya: EU deploys 30 observers for Kenya elections
    28 june 2017 09:38:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The European Union (EU) has deployed 30 election observers to follow the campaigns and meet all stakeholders ahead of Kenya's General Elections on 8 August and beyond. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame formally submits candidature for 2017 Rwanda election
    22 june 2017 14:58:34
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - The outgoing President Paul Kagame, recently named the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) candidate for the country's presidential election on 4 August, 2017, on Thursday formally submitted his candidature to run for the office, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame named ruling party's candidate for 2017 Rwanda election
    17 june 2017 12:42:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Members of the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), gathered on Saturday in an extraordinary congress in Kigali, have introduced President Paul Kagame as the party's candidate for the country's presidential election slated for 4 August, 2017, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda budgets US$8 million for 2017 presidential election
    25 may 2017 15:13:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) plans to spend 6.6 billion Rwandan Francs (about US$8.05 million) on the 2017 presidential election slated for 4 August, an official source revealed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

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