Politics - Elections
  • Nigeria: Electoral integrity in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest writer)
    16 march 2017 22:31:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - No region of the globe has escaped the “wave of democratisation,” which hit the world from the early 1990s. While regular elections by themselves do not and cannot guarantee true democracy, they serve as one of the major barometers for measuring an effective democratic process. This is especially because elections provide the electorate with the opportunity to change a government which fails to deliver. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS partners UN, others to improve election observation mechanism
    09 march 2017 11:19:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is collaborating with the United Nations (UN) and the League of Arab States (LAS) in the utilisation of Needs Assessment Missions and latest Information Technology (IT) tools to strengthen the integrity of election observation for the deepening of democratic practice. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Implement ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation Missions' recommendations'
    01 march 2017 15:09:52
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Regional election experts have recommended speedy follow-up and implementation of reports of ECOWAS Long-term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs), particularly their recommendations to enable prompt remedial actions by Election Management Bodies/Governments and other relevant stakeholders of the affected countries. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS reiterates commitment to impartial poll observation
    27 february 2017 22:41:53
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it is working with development partners to improve the integrity of its Long-Term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs) as an effective tool for conflict prevention and deepening of democracy in the region. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS, partners review long-term election observation missions
    26 february 2017 11:59:04
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its development partners are organising a two-day workshop in the Ivorian capital city of Abidjan to review the impact of the organisation’s Long-Term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PM Hailemariam welcomes new Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 16:28:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sent his congratulations to the new President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed 'Farmajo' on Thursday, as daylong celebrations continued following the landmark election in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC releases blueprint for Africa ahead of elections
    26 january 2017 11:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - With five days before African Union (AU) heads of state vote to elect a new chairperson, SADC’s endorsed candidate has released her blueprint for the continent. Full text...

  • Tunisia: OIC Secretary general praises political change in Gambia
    24 january 2017 13:38:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has expressed satisfaction with the political solution in Gambia, marked by the successful power transfer to new President Adama Barrow, according to the OIC website on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan President appoints members of electoral body
    18 january 2017 19:51:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named a new Chairman of the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Commissioners of the electoral body. Full text...

  • Congo: France to support Congo during 2017 elections
    12 january 2017 13:01:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French ambassador to Congo, Bertrand Cochery, has said that his country will help the Congolese authorities during this year's parliamentary, senatorial and local elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes signing of political agreement on DRC elections
    01 january 2017 15:55:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has welcomed the signing on Saturday in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the opposition and the Majorite presidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in the DRC and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails peaceful, inclusive legislative elections in Cote d’Ivoire
    21 december 2016 20:49:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the Ivorian government and the people for last Sunday’s peaceful and inclusive legislative elections as well as the progress in the country since last year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'ECOWAS leaders will enforce result of Gambian presidential election'
    18 december 2016 04:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Authority of Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) says it will enforce the result of The Gambia presidential election on 1 December which saw Mr. Adama Barrow emerging as the president-elect. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates Ghana President-Elect
    12 december 2016 15:51:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, following his victory in the general elections held on 7 December. Full text...

  • Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo declared winner of Ghana's presidential election
    09 december 2016 21:28:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The main opposition leader in Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, was on Friday night declared winner of the country's presidential election. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Ghanaians for peaceful elections
    09 december 2016 15:54:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday congratulated the people of Ghana for exercising their democratic rights and peacefully conducting the presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama says he will accept results of election
    09 december 2016 14:01:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has said he and his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will accept the results of Wednesday's elections no matter the outcome. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's ruling party suffers huge losses in parliament
    09 december 2016 09:22:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suffered major losses in parliament in Wednesday's election with newspapers saying at least 24 of its MPs were defeated. Full text...

  • Ghana: Two main political parties urge supporters to remain calm
    08 december 2016 19:03:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The two main political parties in Ghana have urged their supporters to remain calm and allow the Electoral Commission (EC) time to declare the results of Wednesday's presidential and parliamentary results. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana Electoral Commission says it will review all results from election
    08 december 2016 14:06:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) says that it is set to review all results from the collation centres and verify them against physical result sheets from the polling stations. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana Electoral Commission says its website hacked
    08 december 2016 12:09:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) says its website was hacked overnight and deplored the action of the hackers. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ruling party denounces opposition party's 'treasonable' victory claims
    08 december 2016 05:11:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Thursday described the claims by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that its candidate is in an unassailable lead as "irresponsible and treasonable". Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's main opposition party claims victory in Ghana elections
    08 december 2016 03:51:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The main opposition party in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has claimed victory in Wednesday's parliamentary and presidential elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges peaceful resolution of DRC impasse
    07 december 2016 14:36:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an announcement of the continuation of the mediation led by the Conference Episcopale des Eglises du Congo (Catholic Church - CENCO) to achieve a more inclusive consensus on the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Ghana: Voting progressing smoothly in Ghana
    07 december 2016 12:06:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Voting is going on smoothly across the West African state of Ghana where presidential and parliamentary elections are taking place. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS chair commends Gambians for peaceful conduct of elections
    06 december 2016 14:43:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Liberian President and Chair of Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has commended the people of The Gambia for the peaceful conduct of the 1 December elections which ushered in a new political dispensation and a historic democratic transition. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Security Council urges all stakeholders to ensure upcoming polls are free and fair
    06 december 2016 13:10:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern over the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the upcoming elections in that country, the United Nations Security Council has called on all stakeholders to ensure that the polls, now delayed until 2018, are conducted in a free, fair, credible, inclusive and transparent environment. Full text...

  • Gambia: UK Foreign Secretary congratulates Gambian President-elect Barrow
    05 december 2016 16:00:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - More congratulatory messages have continued to pour in for the Gambian President-elect, Adama Barrow, who defeated incumbent President Yahya Jammeh in the 1 December presidential election in the West African country. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to deploy observers for 7 December general elections in Ghana
    04 december 2016 17:19:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former Interim President of Liberia’s Government of National Unity, Prof. Amos Sawyer, will lead the ECOWAS short-term observer mission for the presidential and legislative elections in Ghana, slated for Wednesday, 7 December, 2016, the ECOWAS media outlet indicated here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Will John continue to rule Ghana?
    02 december 2016 07:58:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – As Ghanaians vote on 7 December in presidential and parliamentary elections, one question is whether John will continue to rule Ghana or another third time lucky candidate will be sworn in on 7 January next year. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l tasks Gambian authorities on violence free elections
    30 november 2016 14:14:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Wednesday urged Gambian authorities to take all appropriate measures to ensure that the 1 December presidential elections, including the period following the results, are held in a climate that is free from violence. Full text...

  • US: US urges leaders of Ghana's main political parties to ensure peaceful elections
    30 november 2016 06:31:31
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged leaders of Ghana's two main political parties to ensure peaceful and fair elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges Ghana President, opposition leader to defuse tensions ahead of elections
    30 november 2016 06:08:23
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Ghana’s President and the main opposition leader to continue their role in defusing tensions towards the holding of peaceful and credible elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian High Court nullifies parliamentary election of Commerce minister
    24 november 2016 14:26:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambia High Court in Lusaka on Thursday nullified the parliamentary election of Commerce, Trade and Industry minister Margaret Mwanakatwe. Full text...

  • Gambia: Election commission says Dec. 1 polls on course
    23 november 2016 15:12:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s independent electoral commission chairman, Alieu Momar Njai, has said preparations by his office for the December 1 presidential election is on course with all stakeholders participating in the process. Full text...

  • Ghana: Political parties in Ghana hit home stretch as elections draw near
    23 november 2016 06:29:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Political parties in Ghana have stepped up their activities in the home stretch to the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections, touring every nook and cranny of the West African country to solicit for votes from the 15.7 million registered voters. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to apologise
    22 november 2016 17:34:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has criticized Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama for making ''highly divisive and unfortunate comments'' while campaigning for re-election. Full text...

  • Zambia: High Court nullifies election of Higher Education Minister as MP
    22 november 2016 13:31:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Lusaka High Court on Tuesday nullified the parliamentary election of the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Nkandu Luo, whose election was petitioned by opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate, Doreen Mwamba, whom she defeated in the 11 August general elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners task Somalia electoral body on credible elections
    21 november 2016 15:28:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has stressed the need to ensure that the legitimacy of the electoral process in the country is preserved and called on the electoral body to investigate any credible reports of violations of rules and regulations. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir congratulates US president-elect Trump
    09 november 2016 17:26:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has congratulated Donald Trump for winning election as the 45th President of the United States of America. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Paul Kagame congratulates Donald Trump on election as U.S. president
    09 november 2016 15:40:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday congratulated Donald Trump on his election as President of the United States. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM greets US President-elect Donald Trump
    09 november 2016 15:12:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on his victory for the US Presidency, the Ethiopian government said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta salutes US President-elect, Donald Trump
    09 november 2016 15:08:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on his victorious campaign for the US Presidency and pledged to deepen diplomatic ties. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian PM congratulates US President-Elect Donald Trump
    09 november 2016 14:03:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on Wednesday congratulated the U.S. President-Elect, Donald Trump, on his election as the 45th President of the U.S., PANA learnt from the Prime Minister’s Office in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Gambia: Electoral commission chair calls for peaceful polls in Gambia
    05 november 2016 17:26:03
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair, Alieu Momarr Njie, has called on all stakeholders to desist from actions that could be deterrent to a peaceful presidential election on 1 December 2016. Full text...

  • Gambia: Female candidate opts out of opposition coalition
    02 november 2016 13:50:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr. Isatou Touray, an independent presidential candidate, has backed out of Gambia's opposition coalition which is to challenge President Yahya Jammeh during the 1 December polls. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian presidential candidates pick nomination papers
    01 november 2016 18:29:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, from the ruling APRC, the seven political parties coalition candidate Adman Barrow and other presidential candidates have picked up nomination papers for 1 December presidential elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy cautions on Somali election delay
    27 september 2016 19:57:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Michael Keating, on Tuesday expressed concern with a new delay in Somalia’s elections, describing it as "a matter of immediate concern". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU approves election observer mission to Cape Verde
    23 september 2016 15:40:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has formally dispatched a short-term election observer mission to Praia, Cape Verde, to monitor the country's Presidential elections slated for 2 October, the AU Commission said Friday. Full text...

  • US: US govt expresses concern over Gabon post-election developments
    31 august 2016 18:53:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday said it was deeply concerned on the unfolding events in Gabon, following the early release of last Saturday's presidential election results. Full text...

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