Politics - Elections
  • 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...

  • Kenya: Kenyans begin big push for August Presidential polls
    10 may 2017 16:06:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Presidential candidates will formally present nomination papers on 28 and 29 May to mark the official launch of the Presidential campaigns, Wafula Chebukati, Chairman of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Hackers invited to 'disrupt' proposed EVM in Botswana
    09 may 2017 08:30:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has invited hackers to "disrupt" the country's proposed electronic voting machine (EVM) at a demonstration of the system expected to be used for the next general election. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS electoral management body to strengthen democracy through elections
    13 april 2017 06:02:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the newly-elected President of the Board of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has pledged that the network will work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and development partners to push for democracy through elections with integrity during his two-year tenure. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN Official urges Gambians to put national interest above all others
    08 april 2017 18:46:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, has urged all Gambian stakeholders to put the national interest above all other considerations. Full text...

  • Gambia: Successful parliamentary polls have opened up political space in Gambia - AU
    08 april 2017 18:29:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mr. Terry Tselance, the Vice Chairperson of the independent electoral commission (IEC) of South Africa, has said the number of contestants in Gambia's 2017 national assembly elections is an indication that the political space in the West African nation has opened up. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'EU sees Gambia as an important partner'
    08 april 2017 16:38:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “The European Union sees the Gambia as an important partner and the invitation to deploy the first-ever fully-fledged election observation mission is highly appreciated by the European Union," said Miroslav Poche, the EU chief observer to the 6 April National Assembly Election in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission commends Gambians for peaceful parliamentary polls
    08 april 2017 08:20:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has praised Gambians for their peaceful conduct and high sense of patriotism as well as the professionalism exhibited by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its agents during the country’s 6 April, 2017, National Assembly elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: United Democratic Party wins decisive victory in Gambian legislative election
    07 april 2017 11:53:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged victorious in Thursday's parliamentary election in Gambia winning 31 out of the 53 seats in the tiny West African nation's first free and fair poll in 22 years. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Violence, lack of commitment to peace in DRC keep PSC anxious
    31 march 2017 10:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Emphasising the importance of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in stabilising the country, protecting civilians and promoting observance of human rights, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has affirmed its desire for the renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate by the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Benin: Nigeria heads new board of ECOWAS election management network
    29 march 2017 18:23:26
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been elected President of the new five-member Board of the 15-nation ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for the next two years. Full text...

  • Benin: ECOWAS chief calls for strengthening of electoral systems in sub-region
    27 march 2017 19:16:15
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Marcel M. de Souza on Monday in Cotonou charged participants at an international workshop reviewing 10 years of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa to come up with a Cotonou Declaration for the improvement of the quality of electoral assistance to its member States. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda opposition party names presidential candidate
    20 march 2017 10:31:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR), an opposition political party formed in 2009, has officially named its chairman, Frank Habineza, to contest the August 2017 presidential election. Full text...

  • 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...

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