Politics - Elections
  • 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...

  • Church pleads for renewal of MONUSCO mandate in DR Congo
    20 march 2018 18:46:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A clergy coordination committee (CLC), a non-religious organisation of the Roman Catholic Church in DR Congo, has asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to renew the mandate of the UN Mission for DRC stabilisation (MONUSCO) and to significantly strengthen its role in the electoral process. Full text...

  • AU congratulates Sierra Leone for peaceful, credible General Elections
    15 march 2018 18:47:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for peaceful, transparent and credible General Elections they held on 7 March 2018. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Electoral Commission carries out vote recount
    12 march 2018 18:49:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - At the behest of some political parties, NEC Sierra Leone was Monday carrying out a recount of votes at the five national Tally Centres, before the release of the remaining 25% of results of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans pray for peace after elections
    11 march 2018 15:40:28
    Freetown, Sierre Leone (PANA) - As Sierra Leoneans await complete results of their March 7 crucial elections, prayers were offered in places of worship on Sunday for permanent peace in the post-conflict country. Full text...

  • Ruling party candidate in slight lead with 50% of Sierra Leone's polls results released
    10 march 2018 19:53:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - With 50% of the processed votes of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections now released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone on Saturday, the candidate of the ruling All People's Congress (APC), Dr Samura Kamara, is leading with 43.20%. Full text...

  • Ruling party’s candidate, Kamara, in slight lead with 25% of results released
    10 march 2018 14:14:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone Saturday in Freetown released 25% of the processed votes of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election observers say Sierra Leone's polls were credible
    09 march 2018 05:53:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Last Wednesday's general elections in Sierra Leone were generally peaceful and credible, the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission has said in its preliminary declaration. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elections commission urges patience to release results
    08 march 2018 15:51:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - National Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone says the country’s March 7 general elections were generally peaceful with minor hitches and appealed for patience on its release of the poll results. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elections observers review poll reports
    08 march 2018 14:10:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of International Election Observation Missions (IEOMs) met in Freetown Thursday to review reports of their teams on the conduct of Sierra Leone's March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council polls. Full text...

  • Ballot counting starts in Sierra Leone's crucial polls
    07 march 2018 19:34:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Counting of ballots began in earnest at 5 pm the official closing time of Sierra Leone's crucial polls on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Voting begins in Sierra Leone general elections
    07 march 2018 13:54:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leoneans turned out in reasonable numbers at polling stations on Wednesday to elect their country's new president, members of parliament and local councils in the fourth cycle of elections since the civil war in 2002. Full text...

  • Polls open in Sierra Leone's elections
    07 march 2018 09:57:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have opened in Sierra Leone where some 3.17 million registered voters are casting their ballots to elect a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. Full text...

  • International observer missions call for peaceful, credible polls in Sierra Leone
    06 march 2018 18:44:10
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Heads of six International Election Observation Missions (IEOMs), including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Tuesday in Freetown, called on all Sierra Leone stakeholders to ensure peaceful and credible elections on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers in Sierra Leone urged to be impartial
    05 march 2018 17:50:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of ECOWAS’ 55-member Observation Mission to Sierra Leone, on Monday in Freetown tasked the regional observers to discharge their duty with the highest sense of responsibility and impartiality given the critical importance of the March 7 polls to peace and democratic consolidation in the country and the region. Full text...

  • Heads of election monitoring missions for Sierra Leone's vote meet
    05 march 2018 07:46:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of four International Election Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday to strategise on effective value addition to the electoral process ahead of Sierra Leone's 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local Council polls. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election monitoring chief calls for peaceful vote in Sierra Leone
    03 march 2018 19:27:16
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of the ECOWAS’ 55-member Election Observation Mission, has appealed to Sierra Leone’s political actors and stakeholders to cooperate and ensure that all outstanding political and legal issues are resolved peacefully so as not to jeopardise the smooth conduct of the country’s crucial March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council polls. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone SC to hear important cases ahead of general elections
    01 march 2018 18:31:52
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm has given an assurance that the Supreme Court will expedite action on three cases before it, including the alleged dual citizenship of two of the 16 presidential candidates for the 7 March general elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's President Koroma promises credible elections
    01 march 2018 06:55:04
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Outgoing Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday received Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of the 55-member ECOWAS Observation Mission, and renewed his government’s commitment to delivering credible general elections on 7 March for a successful political transition in the country. Full text...

  • Top ECOWAS election observer arrives for Sierra Leone polls
    28 february 2018 05:48:18
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Amos Sawyer, former Interim President of Liberia and Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 55-member Election Observation Mission to Sierra Leone's 7 March general elections, arrived in Freetown on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Ballot papers for Sierra Leone polls arrive
    27 february 2018 16:33:02
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Tuesday took delivery of ballot papers for the 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Can the “Lion Mountain” Ever Roar Again? (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    26 february 2018 15:18:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - After the recent fiercely contested presidential election in Liberia, world attention has turned to neighbouring Sierra Leone, which has its own crucial vote on 7 March 2018. Full text...

  • Arab League delegation in Djibouti to observe elections
    19 february 2018 10:39:31
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - A high-level delegation of the League of Arab States (LAS) led by the vice-president and former prime minister of Mauritania, Mohamed Lamine Ould Akik, arrived on Sunday in Djibouti for the final preparations and observation of the national assembly election on 23 February. Full text...

  • ECONEC launches study on cost of elections in West Africa
    01 february 2018 16:55:20
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in Abuja on Thursday launched a study on Cost of Elections as part of its initiative to encourage reduction of electoral expenses in West Africa. Full text...

  • Rwandan Parliamentary elections set for September 2018
    30 january 2018 13:24:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has proposed parliamentary elections to be held not later than 4 September, saying that the electoral calendar is subject to approval by Cabinet, local media reported Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria to hold general elections on 16 February 2019
    10 january 2018 07:05:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced that presidential and national assembly elections will be held on 16 February, 2019. Full text...

  • UN Security Council hails Liberia's just-ended presidential polls
    08 january 2018 19:16:53
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has congratulated the Liberian people and government, as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media for the peaceful conduct of the 26 December presidential runoff election. Full text...

  • EU election mission bills Liberia's presidential runoff poll "very good"
    28 december 2017 17:59:32
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Chief Observer, Maria Arena, has said that the 26 December presidential run-off election in Liberia was “calm and benefited from organizational improvements made by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Low voter turnout, peace mark Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    26 december 2017 18:17:51
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Poor voter turnout and peaceful ballot casting marked Liberia’s delayed presidential run-off election Tuesday across the country as polling stations shut down. Full text...

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