Politics - Elections
  • Nigeria: Electoral Commission rules out further suspension of Nigeria's general elections
    18 march 2015 18:30:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday ruled out further postponement of the rescheduled presidential and general elections slated for 28 March and 11 April respectively. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Speaker joins opposition party ahead of polls
    17 march 2015 12:30:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has received a boost ahead of the 28 March elections, after a former Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower parliament) joined its ranks, dumping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS deploys more long-term election observers in Nigeria
    17 march 2015 10:06:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With 11 addition observers joining the six who were earlier deployed, ECOWAS has now fully deployed its 17-member Long-Term Election Observation Mission (LTEOM) to monitor Nigeria’s elections slated for 28 March and 11 April, the regional bloc announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN political chief visits Nigeria ahead of elections
    16 march 2015 22:26:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, on Monday arrived in Nigeria for a two-day visit aimed at conveying UN's support and solidarity with the country ahead of the general elections starting on 28 March. Full text...

  • UN: ICC reiterates call against violence in Nigeria's elections
    16 march 2015 17:01:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF high-level mission in Burkina faso on pre-election visit
    11 march 2015 17:13:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A high-level delegation from the International Francophonie Organization (OIF) began a working visit to Burkina Faso on Tuesday, evaluating the atmosphere as the West African country prepares for general elections on 11 October 2015. Full text...

  • Guinea: First round of presidential elections slated for 11 October
    10 march 2015 22:56:00
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The first round of presidential elections in Guinea will take place on 11 October, the president of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Bakary Fofana, said on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with PANA in Conakry. Full text...

  • Nigeria: INEC reviews public demonstration of Smart Card Readers
    10 march 2015 18:14:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following its meeting here Monday to consider field reports from the public demonstration of its Smart Card Readers (SCRs) in 12 states on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it took a serious view of the high rate of the SCRs’ failure to authenticate voters’ fingerprints in some areas, particularly in South east Ebonyi State, and has decided to thoroughly investigate the cause. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society endorses use of card readers, biometric cards for elections
    10 march 2015 16:01:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian civil society, working in support of credible polls in Africa's most populous nation, has endorsed the use of biometric voter cards, called the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), and card readers for this month's general elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mbeki meets Nigerian stakeholders ahead of key elections
    09 march 2015 15:54:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid heightened tension in the run up to Nigeria's rescheduled general elections, former South African President Thabo Mbeki has been holding a series of meetings with key stakeholders in an effort to defuse tension and ensure successful polls. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Pres. Kafando urges compatriots to register to vote
    04 march 2015 11:08:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Acting President Michel Kafando has urged his compatriots to show patriotism by participating massively in the ongoing revision of the voter's register. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society opposes removal of electoral chief
    03 march 2015 13:40:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organisations, has expressed concern at the ongoing campaign in certain circles for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Lesotho's peaceful elections
    02 march 2015 07:45:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Lesotho on the peaceful conduct of the country's parliamentary elections, held on 28 Feb. Full text...

  • Togo: Civil society demands constitutional reform before presidential poll in Togo
    22 february 2015 14:33:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Two civil society organizations have called for institutional and constitutional reforms in Togo before the holding of the presidential elections due in April this year. Full text...

  • Togo: OIF says there is 'crisis of confidence' among Togolese political stakeholders
    21 february 2015 16:28:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The head of the electoral evaluation mission for the International Francophone Organization (OIF), Malian General Siaka Sangaré, has said there is "a crisis of confidence" among actors in the Togolese electoral process. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Nigerian govt to uphold new dates for elections
    20 february 2015 21:05:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the Nigerian government to ensure that the new dates set for the country’s general elections are maintained. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Burundi on free, fair elections
    19 february 2015 07:53:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has urged the Government of Burundi to establish a climate of freedom and openness conducive to the holding of elections later this year, stressing the need to stop intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and other curtailments to the enjoyment of the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. Full text...

  • Congo: UNESCO ambassador urges Congolese youth to work for peaceful election
    17 february 2015 20:45:55
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – UNESCO goodwill ambassador A’Salfo, leader of the Ivorian musical group, Magic System, on Tuesday urged Congolese youth to work for peace and cohesion ahead of the presidential election due next year, official sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral body distributes 52 million voter cards
    17 february 2015 16:39:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 28 March presidential election in Nigeria, the country's electoral body said it had distributed some 52,233,396 voter cards, representing 75.88% of the total number of registered voters (68.8 million). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan assures he'll hand over if he loses 28 March poll
    12 february 2015 08:10:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan plans to perpetuate himself in power, he has assured he will hand over to the winner of the 28 March presidential election if he loses. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US Envoy urges Nigerians to vote peacefully
    12 february 2015 00:36:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Consul General in Nigeria, Mr Jeffery Hawkins, has called on Nigerians to exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner by coming out to vote visionary leaders of their choice that can effect the real change in the country during next month's reschedule elections. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Nigerian prelate stresses importance of free, fair elections
    11 february 2015 20:49:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The president of Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has said many were unhappy with the country general elections being postponed, but has assured the faithful that efforts being made are to protect citizens and to ensure elections are fair, church news agency Zenit reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Collection of voter cards extended
    10 february 2015 08:46:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended by four weeks the collection of the biometric voter cards, called Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), following the recent six-week postponement of the country's general elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Nigeria on credible, free, transparent elections
    08 february 2015 19:23:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday noted the decision of the Nigerian Independent Electoral Commission to postpone the general elections, initially scheduled for 14 February 2015, and urged the electoral authorities to take all necessary measures, to enable all eligible citizens, including those displaced, to exercise their right to vote in a timely manner. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party welcomes election shift
    08 february 2015 01:10:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has welcomed the six-week postponement of the 2015 general elections over security concerns. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Elections postponed by six weeks over security concerns
    08 february 2015 00:08:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday night announced the postponement of the country's 2015 general elections from 14 and 28 Feb. to 28 March and 11 April, citing concerns about the security of voters and staffers nationwide. Full text...

  • BREAKING: Nigeria postpones elections by six weeks
    07 february 2015 23:31:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's general elections have been postponed by six weeks due to security concerns in the North-east which has been worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Full text...

  • US: US supports peaceful, credible, timely elections in Nigeria
    07 february 2015 20:06:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has reiterated its support for peaceful, free, Full text...

  • Angola: Opposition demands voting rights for all citizens abroad
    04 february 2015 22:21:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Angola’s second largest opposition party, CASA-CE, has called for all Angolans living abroad to be able to exercise their right for vote, from the next general elections in 2017. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Resignation of Constitutional Council Chief raises concerns on electoral process
    04 february 2015 12:29:57
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The main opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has said that the resignation, Tuesday, of Prof. Francis Wodié, as President of the Constitutional Council, has raised concerns on the electoral process, with less than 10 month to the next presidential election in October 2015. Full text...

  • US: US Commission on Religious Freedom tasks Nigerians on upcoming elections
    02 february 2015 22:46:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday called on Nigeria’s political parties to hold responsible their members who issue statements inciting violence along religious lines, and Nigeria’s police and judiciary to impartially hold accountable all perpetrators of electoral violence. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to prosecute individuals, groups engaging in violence during Nigerian polls
    02 february 2015 16:12:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), Full text...

  • Nigeria: Collection of voter cards extended till 8 Feb
    01 february 2015 13:27:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 14 Feb. presidential election in Nigeria, the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from 31 Jan. to 8 Feb. 2015. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Revision of electoral register launched
    30 january 2015 13:31:30
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire's Independent Electoral Commission has kick-started the process of revising the electoral register ahead of this year's presidential election through the publication on Friday of a tender to select the technical operator for the exercise. Full text...

  • Sudan: 15 candidates for Sudanese presidential election
    28 january 2015 14:25:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Election Commission (NEC) has officially cleared 15 candidates to contest next April's presidential and general elections. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ibn Chambas welcomes adoption of date for next Burkina elections
    26 january 2015 21:11:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General and chief of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has welcomed the announcement of 11 October, 2015 as the date for the presidential and parliamentary elections in Burkina Faso, according to a UN communiqué issued on Monday to PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'I am committed to free, fair, credible polls', Jonathan tells US
    25 january 2015 20:04:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday restated his commitment to ensure a free, fair and credible polls in the country next month, amid fears over whether or not the elections will be held as scheduled. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US threatens sanctions against politicians engaged in election violence
    25 january 2015 18:27:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US on Sunday canvassed for free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria next month, threatening sanctions against politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during the polls. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: US threatens sanctions against politicians involved in violence during Nigeria polls
    25 january 2015 17:44:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US has threatened to sanction politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during Nigeria's general elections next month. Full text...

  • Zambia: Defence Minister Edgar Lungu wins presidential election
    24 january 2015 20:47:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Defence Minister Edgar Lungu has been elected as Zambia’s President, according to results announced on Saturday night in the capital city of Lusaka by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius donates US$ 200,000 to support polls in Comoros
    23 january 2015 18:41:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will contribute US$ 200,000 to support the holding of elections in the Union of Comoros, scheduled for 25 January and 22 February 2015, according to a communiqué issued here. Full text...

  • Burundi: US to provide U$12m support for general elections in Burundi
    22 january 2015 18:19:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The United States will make available about US$ 12m to support preparations for Burundi's general elections due to be held this year, the US Ambassador in Bujumbura, Dawn Liberi, said Thursday . Full text...

  • UN: 'Burundi making strides towards peaceful, credible polls
    22 january 2015 06:22:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The organisation of legitimate elections in Burundi remains one of the most pressing challenges facing the African country in 2015, due to a flare-up in fighting and ongoing political tensions between the government and opposition members, UN Under Full text...

  • Zambia: Electoral Commission of Zambia suspends tallying of presidential election results
    21 january 2015 12:07:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has suspended the tallying of presidential election results in order not to influence voters in areas were voting continued Wednesday due to logistics problems. Full text...

  • Burundi: EU releases 8m euros for Burundi elections
    20 january 2015 11:03:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to release eight million euros in support of the general elections to be held in Burundi this year, according to a statement issued by the EU delegation on a visit to Bujumbura, the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: CENI begins review of voters' register 27 February
    19 january 2015 15:41:22
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) said here Monday that it will begin the review of the voters' register on 27 February, 2015, as a prelude to the presidential and legislative elections, PANA reported, quoting the CENI president, Me Barthélémy Kéré. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians to elect new President Tuesday
    19 january 2015 15:16:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians will be voting on Tuesday, 20 January, in a presidential by-election to usher in a new president following the death of President Michael Sata on 28 October, 2014. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 360,000 security agents to be deployed for Feb. elections
    19 january 2015 10:02:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is to deploy over 360,000 security personnel for next month's general elections, according to the Nigeria Police and the Civil Defence Corps Full text...

  • Zambia: EISA team in Zambia to monitor presidential polls
    16 january 2015 10:28:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - An observation mission from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has been deployed in Zambia to monitor the 20 Jan. presidential by-election following the death of President Michael Sata last October. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. warns opposition against boycotting April 2015 elections
    15 january 2015 15:28:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared as illegal, the formation by the opposition of a body to sabotage elections in the country, saying that the opposition has no right to prevent people from voting. Full text...

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