Politics - Elections
  • UN: UN chief congratulates Gabonese on peaceful presidential poll
    29 august 2016 13:45:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday congratulated the people and Government of Gabon for holding a peaceful and orderly presidential election on Saturday, calling on all Gabonese to accept the poll results as the successful conclusion of the process, in order to ensure the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law in the Central African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Gabonese on peaceful, credible presidential election
    26 august 2016 17:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council unhappy with postponed elections in Somalia
    19 august 2016 18:47:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday expressed regret over a postponed timeline for this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia, calling on all stakeholders to follow the revised 2016 electoral calendar "without further delay". Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Zambians for holding peaceful elections
    16 august 2016 14:25:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday congratulated the people of Zambia for the peaceful and orderly presidential, parliamentary and local elections, as well as the referendum on the Bill of Rights, held on 11 August. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Zambian president-elect Lungu
    16 august 2016 06:11:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has congratulated Zambian president-elect Edger Lungu and called on all candidates who contested last week's polls to respect the official results. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition candidate rejects presidential polls
    15 august 2016 21:52:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The presidential candidate of Zambia's main opposition party, United Party for National Development (UPND), Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has rejected the presidential results announced on Monday, which declared incumbent President Edgar Lungu as winner. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu re-elected in Zambia
    15 august 2016 14:03:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Incumbent President Edgar Lungu has won Thursday’s presidential election in Zambia, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson, Justice Essau Chulu, who declared the results on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu leads in Zambian election results (update)
    14 august 2016 18:05:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has taken a lead in latest presidential election results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) late on Sunday from 90 constituencies out of the total 156 constituencies in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader maintains lead in Zambia presidential election results
    14 august 2016 08:36:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Official results from 54 of Zambia's 156 constituencies, announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia early Sunday, show that opposition president Hakainde Hichilema is maintaining his lead but with reduced margin. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition leader retakes slight lead in latest presidential results
    13 august 2016 20:10:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – In the latest partial presidential election results announced following Thursday’s general elections in Zambia, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has regained his lead after polling 384,801 votes in 42 of the 156 constituencies countrywide, PANA reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu builds commanding lead in Zambia’s presidential elections
    13 august 2016 14:14:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu now leads his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema in the latest presidential results announced Saturday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. Full text...

  • Zambia: Presidential race in Zambia narrows to 2 top contenders
    13 august 2016 07:03:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Latest results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) have shown that the presidential race remain tight between incumbent President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema following Thursday’s general election contested by nine presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu takes early lead in preliminary election results
    12 august 2016 22:06:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party is leading in partial presidential results from three constituencies announced Friday night by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) following Thursday’s general elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union re-opens race for next AU Chairperson
    12 august 2016 13:28:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has re-opened the race for the next Chairperson of the Commission, the deputy Chairperson and the Commissioners ahead of the polls in January 2017, the AU Commission announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Counting of ballots in Zambia's general elections continue
    12 august 2016 10:27:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Counting of ballots following Thursday’s general elections in Zambia has continued with the first partial results expected to be announced on Friday afternoon, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian elections record huge turnout
    11 august 2016 19:12:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As voting ended Thursday at 18.00hrs (local time) in some polling stations across Zambia, the country's electoral management body said there was huge turnout in most polling stations. Full text...

  • Zambia: Polls open in Zambia's election
    11 august 2016 08:19:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians started voting on Thursday in the general election and national referendum under the amended Constitution under which the winner of the first round must have 50 per cent plus one of the votes. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu tasks Zambians on orderly elections
    10 august 2016 20:23:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday assured Zambians that he will do his very best to provide the necessary leadership to ensure law and order during and after Thursday's elections, urging the people to also maintain decorum. Full text...

  • Zambia: US dismisses misconceptions about who it supports in Zambian poll
    10 august 2016 18:08:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – On the eve of Zambia's general elections, United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield has dismissed misconceptions on who the U.S. government supports. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes election timetable in Somalia
    10 august 2016 15:15:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Somali electoral authorities of a timetable for the 2016 electoral process, noting that the process for the upcoming polls, which sets October for presidential elections, is an important milestone in the country’s journey towards democracy. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President meets election observer missions
    09 august 2016 20:41:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday in Lusaka held talks with leaders of the various election observer missions, ahead of the country's general elections scheduled for 11 August. Full text...

  • Zambia: EISA commends Zambia for holding elections under reformed framework
    08 august 2016 13:26:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) election observation mission (EOM) has observed that the 11 August Zambian elections are taking place under a reformed legal framework that to a great extent reflects the recommendations issued by previous election observer missions, including EISA EOMs. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC licks its wounds as election results show significant losses
    05 august 2016 10:48:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vote counting in South Africa’s fiercely contested local government elections continued on Friday, with a pattern emerging that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost ground to the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in several key centres. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition makes significant gains in local govt. elections
    04 august 2016 13:55:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vote counting in South Africa’s fiercely contested local government elections is underway with early results indicating that while the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is holding a comfortable lead nationally, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is poised to capture several key metropolitan areas. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans vote in hotly-contested local govt. elections
    03 august 2016 15:11:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Millions of South Africans on Wednesday voted in this year's local government elections, the most hotly-contested poll since the advent of democracy in 1994. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tanzanian ex-president leads Commonwealth observer group to Zambia polls
    29 july 2016 15:17:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tanzanian former president, Jakaya Kikwete, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Zambia to observe the upcoming general elections and national referendum there, scheduled for 11 August 2016, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has announced. Full text...

  • South Africa: Politicians wrap up campaign for local govt. elections
    29 july 2016 13:11:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s political parties will this weekend wrap-up their campaign ahead of Wednesday’s hotly-contested local government elections. Full text...

  • Zambia: Catholic Bishops in Zambia call for peaceful, credible, transparent elections
    18 july 2016 15:25:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambia nears election day on 11 August, the Catholic Bishops here have called upon Zambians to vigorously fight the many vices that have the potential to undermine the country’s democracy and subsequently distort the electoral process and rob the people of their free will. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council calls for credible polls in Somalia
    18 july 2016 12:06:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday adopted conclusions on Somalia, calling for a credible and accountable electoral process, which will ensure the necessary legitimacy for the elected leadership of the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • US: Nigerian diplomat named Special Adviser on Zambian elections
    11 july 2016 05:48:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Commonwealth Secretary-General Ms. Patricia Scotland has appointed Nigeria's seasoned diplomat and former UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as her Special Adviser on Political Dialogue to support the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) ahead of the country's general elections and referendum, scheduled for 11 August 2016. Full text...

  • Zambia: ECZ dismisses Minister’s announcement on voting by inmates
    06 june 2016 15:56:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has dismissed an announcement made by Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila that inmates will be allowed to vote in the 11 August general elections. Full text...

  • Kenya: US envoy calls for dialogue in Kenya polls body stalemate
    04 june 2016 16:44:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has once again called on Kenyans to use dialogue to break the stalemate over the dissolution of the country's electoral body. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges swift approval of Somali electoral model
    19 may 2016 22:21:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council members concluded a one-day visit Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU welcome partial re-run of elections in Comoros
    15 may 2016 16:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the African Union (AU) Commission on Sunday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the partial re-run for the elections of Comoros President and Governor of Anjouan. Full text...

  • Congo: EU stresses respect for fundamental freedoms in Congo's parliamentary polls
    07 april 2016 13:32:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the government and all stakeholders in the political situation in the Republic of Congo to ensure respect for fundamental freedoms and commit to transparent parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir lauds peaceful polls in Niger, accepts invitation to attend investiture
    24 march 2016 15:25:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan on Thursday said he would attend the inauguration ceremony of Niger’s president elect Yusuf Mamadou. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners pledge support for president-elect of CAR
    05 march 2016 06:56:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Friday, in a joint statement with other multilateral organizations, welcomed the final results of the second round of the presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) announced earlier this week, congratulating President-elect Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges all involved in Comoros electoral process to refrain from violence
    29 february 2016 06:24:52
    New York, US (PANA) - With the provisional results being released after a slate of elections in Comoros, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli hails Museveni’s re-election in Uganda
    25 february 2016 08:18:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli has sent a congratulatory message to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni following his re-election on 18 February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East Africa, Regional and International Cooperation said in a statement released in Dar es Salaam on Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda: EU observes state intimidation, ballot stuffing in Uganda poll
    20 february 2016 16:31:28
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has cited the Ugandan Electoral Commission for its lack of independence and the state intimidation of political rivals as key factors that affected transparent, free and fair conduct of the Presidential elections in Uganda. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni on course for fifth term in Uganda’s presidential poll
    19 february 2016 11:01:40
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Incumbent Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is on course to maintain his three-decade long stranglehold on power from the provisional election results announced early on Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda: Voting underway in tense presidential poll in Uganda
    18 february 2016 11:55:53
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan voters formed long queues at polling stations on Thursday to choose their next leader in a Presidential and Parliamentary vote marred by delays in the delivery of poll material and cases of isolated violence in some polling stations, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners to closely coordinate efforts ahead of DR Congo elections
    18 february 2016 07:46:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations and its international partner organizations say they are closely following the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), particularly in view of the upcoming elections in the country, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: Voters in Central African Republic go to the polls in run-off elections
    14 february 2016 06:31:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) go to the polls on Sunday in the second round of presidential and legislative elections with security, peace and the economy of the war-torn country being some of the most important issues. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for peaceful, credible elections in Central African Republic
    14 february 2016 05:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Central Africans, including the candidates, to ensure that Sunday's presidential run-off and the new round of legislative elections, Sunday are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner. Full text...

  • US: US pledges to help CAR 'find the peace it deserves'
    14 february 2016 05:08:46
    Washington, US (PANA) - The US has pledged to help the Central African Republic (CAR), which goes to the polls on Sunday in the runoff of presidential and legislative elections, to find the peace and and stability it deserves after years of turmoil. Full text...

  • CAR: Ahead of elections in CAR, UN urges candidates to focus on children's needs
    13 february 2016 08:27:24
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - As voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) prepare for the second round of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has urged the candidates to make strong commitments to invest in the survival, education and protection of children to ensure lasting peace in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia:New nomination fees for election candidates worry Zambian NGO
    05 february 2016 18:12:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Women for Change (WfC), a Zambian gender-focused non-governmental organisation, has condemned the decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to hike nomination fees for parliamentary candidates in this year’s general election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU elects new members of its Peace and Security Council
    28 january 2016 18:03:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers on Thursday elected new members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) bringing on board Congo Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia to hold seats on the 15-member Council for three years, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council says upcoming West Africa votes should be free, fair, credible
    18 january 2016 06:27:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming positive political developments in West Africa, in particular the holding of peaceful elections in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire, members of the UN Security Council have stressed the importance of the upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be “free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible.” Full text...

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