Politics - Elections
  • UN: UN envoy says election in Cote d’Ivoire opens new chapter
    13 january 2016 19:03:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Cote d’Ivoire's peaceful conclusion of its presidential election provides citizens with the opportunity to turn the page, start a new chapter in their nation’s history Full text...

  • Benin: 47 candidates to contest Benin's 28 February presidential election
    13 january 2016 10:27:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Forty-seven candidates have filed their papers at the National Electoral Commission (CENA) to contest Benin's presidential election due on 28 February. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in CAR hails first-round election results
    07 january 2016 22:54:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Thursday welcomed the announcement of the results of the first round of the presidential elections in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN official in CAR meets presidential candidates
    07 january 2016 05:26:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) said on Wednesday that the top UN official in the country has met with 28 of the 30 presidential candidates in the capital, Bangui, just days after the first round of presidential and legislative elections. Full text...

  • Niger: OIF validates Niger's voters’ roll
    05 january 2016 11:12:35
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Experts from the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), who Niger’s national independent electoral commission (CENI) charged to audit the voters’ roll, have validated the register. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Mission warns politicians in CAR to avoid carefree statements
    04 january 2016 11:23:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Asserting that the many malfunctions observed during the 30 December 2015 presidential and legislative elections in Central African Republic (CAR) were "not enough to taint the credibility of these polls", the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) has called on candidates and political parties to avoid speech that could harm the climate of peace and cause confusion in the country before the announcement of results. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges CAR to ensure success of electoral process
    30 december 2015 21:27:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday called on political stakeholders in Central African Republic (CAR) to do all they can to ensure the success of the electoral process underway in the country and to lay the foundation for the restoration of lasting peace, security and reconciliation. Full text...

  • CAR: UN peacekeepers help provide security as CAR holds elections
    30 december 2015 16:26:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – United Nations peacekeepers were out in force at polling stations throughout Central African Republic (CAR) Wednesday as the country voted in presidential and legislative elections, a major step on the path to stability after two years of conflict between Muslims and Christians. Full text...

  • CAR: Voting begins in CAR presidential, parliamentary elections
    30 december 2015 10:03:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Voting on Wednesday began in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Central African Republic (CAR) that would climax a transition period after bloody fighting between Christian and Muslim militias claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens. Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF sends election observation mission to CAR
    29 december 2015 14:25:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A delegation from the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), led by former Nigerien minister Boukar Mai Manga, has arrived in Bangui to monitor the parliamentary and presidential elections due for 30 December in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to an official communiqué issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC warns against violence during elections in Central African Republic
    23 december 2015 13:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls for peaceful polls in Benin Repubic
    08 december 2015 21:20:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday commended the efforts made so far by outgoing President of Benin Republic Boni Yayi and the Beninoise National Electoral Commission to ensure a peaceful and transparent Presidential Election in the country next year. Full text...

  • DRC: New UN report highlights need to protect political, civil rights ahead of elections
    08 december 2015 11:00:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A UN report published on Tuesday highlights a worrying clampdown on opposition, media and civil society in the DR Congo since the beginning of the year and stresses the need to guarantee political and civil rights ahead of key elections. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama keeps Amissah-Arthur as running mate
    07 december 2015 21:02:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has decided to keep Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 elections, saying he is happy to be running again with his hardworking Vice President. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes peaceful elections in Burkina Faso
    01 december 2015 14:31:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Kaboré wins Burkina Faso presidential election
    01 december 2015 10:18:43
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Former Burkina Faso Prime Minister, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, has won presidential election in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Burkinabes on peaceful polls
    29 november 2015 17:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) - With presidential and legislative elections under way in Burkina Faso, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all national stakeholders to uphold their commitments throughout the process and urged them to ensure the polls are conducted peacefully. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius to examine AU’s recommendations on elections'
    13 november 2015 12:11:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has said that the government will examine the recommendations made by the African Union Observer Mission on the National Assembly Elections held on 10 December 2014. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Candidates urged to avoid ethnic, religious speeches during campaign
    10 november 2015 09:25:27
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – A coalition of intellectuals, opinion leaders and activists on Tuesday urged the public and candidates in the 29 November presidential and parliamentary elections not to resort to ethnic and religious speeches during their campaigns. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief congratulates Ivorian President on re-election
    02 november 2015 19:40:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming the publication of the final results of the presidential election in Cote d’Ivoire by the Constitutional Council, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday congratulated President Alassane Ouattara on his re-election, as well as the people and government of the West African nation on the successful conclusion of the electoral process. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes 'peaceful and orderly' elections in Tanzania
    30 october 2015 13:22:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday congratulated Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC mission urges Tanzanian leadership to address snag in Zanzibar's elections
    29 october 2015 16:46:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Noting with concern the nullification of general elections in Zanzibar, the Head of the East African Community (EAC) Election Observation Mission (EOM), Arthur Moody Awori, Thursday urged the Tanzanian political leadership "to urgently address the situation for the sake of democracy and stability of the country." Full text...

  • Tanzania: NEC officially declares Magufuli president-elect of Tanzania
    29 october 2015 13:37:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's next president is John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced here Thursday after tallying the results of the presidential election held 25 October 2015. Full text...

  • Tanzania: NEC to announce Tanzania's next president Friday
    29 october 2015 12:06:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's National Electoral Commission (NEC) will on Friday announce the winner of the presidential election held on Sunday after receiving the poll results from all 264 constituencies across the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes successful Ivorian presidential polls
    28 october 2015 12:57:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the successful voting in Sunday's presidential elections in Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Commonwealth Observer Group commends Tanzanians for peaceful elections
    28 october 2015 10:26:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Commonwealth Observer Group, headed by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has commended "the people of Tanzania for the peaceful and orderly manner in which they exercised their right to vote on 25 October 2015". Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU congratulates Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania for peaceful elections
    28 october 2015 09:33:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has congratulated the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and the United Republic of Tanzania for holding serene and peaceful elections on 25 October 2015. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Opposition accuses ruling party of meddling with Tanzanian poll results
    28 october 2015 08:01:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With the ruling party's candidate in a commanding lead of the Tanzanian presidential race, the opposition alliance has accused Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) of tampering with results being released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS thumbs up Ivorian presidential election
    27 october 2015 14:43:44
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Sunday's presidential election in Cote d'Ivoire was ''free, transparent and organized in an acceptable manner'', according to the ECOWAS election observation mission for the poll. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania's ruling party candidate leads the race to State House
    27 october 2015 08:55:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While the tallying of Tanzanian presidential ballots continued early on Tuesday, the ruling CCM party's candidate John Pombe Magufuli has maintained a seemingly unbeatable lead followed by former Prime Minister Edward Ngoyai Lowassa of CHADEMA party in a pack of eight contestants. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ruling party candidate in early lead of presidential poll, Zanzibar's opposition claims victory
    26 october 2015 12:45:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Going by results announced so far from Sunday's presidential election, Tanzania's ruling CCM party is set to retain its hold on the country if its candidate, John Pombe Magufuli would maintain his lead. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Snags force Tanzania's election body to rerun polls in some areas
    26 october 2015 11:24:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has ordered a repeat of presidential election in some local government areas while it is rescheduling civic polls in others due to various snags which hindered the voting exercise on Sunday when the country's electorate held general elections. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanians vote for new President
    25 october 2015 10:19:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 23 million voters are heading to the polls Sunday as Tanzania holds what is considered to be the most keenly-contested general elections since its independence 54 years ago. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'General election results to be known within four days'
    25 october 2015 10:17:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As Tanzanians vote Sunday in the country's fifth general elections since the introduction of multi-partyism in 1995, National Electoral Commission (NEC) chair Damian Lubuva has said the outcome of the polls should be known within four days. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks Ivorians on peaceful, transparent electoral process
    23 october 2015 21:28:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday tasked Ivorians to ensure a peaceful president election in the country on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: Egypt, Senegal, Japan, Ukraine, Uruguay elected to serve on UN Security Council
    15 october 2015 18:51:00
    New York, US (PANA) - In one round of voting the UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges all political leaders in Guniea to maintain peaceful atmosphere
    13 october 2015 12:49:58
    New York, US (PANA) - After weekend polls in Guinea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday encouraged all political leaders and national stakeholders to maintain the peaceful Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC deploys election observer mission to Tanzania
    13 october 2015 10:50:55
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - A 55-member Elections Observer Mission of the East African Community (EAC) is due to arrive 18 October 2015 in Dar es Salaam ahead of the General Elections slated for 25 October 2015 in both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar Isles, the EAC Secretariat said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ex-Mozambican, Nigerian Presidents to observe Tanzanian general elections
    09 october 2015 09:47:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two former African heads of state will head observer teams for the upcoming presidential, parliamentary and local authorities elections in Tanzania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Govt wins constitution amendment lawsuit
    08 october 2015 14:57:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Supreme Court of Rwanda on Thursday ruled in favor of the Rwandan Government in a lawsuit filed by the opposition Democratic Green Party that wants presidential term limit to remain. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Observers gear up for Guinea polls
    08 october 2015 14:09:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - About 100 election observers, comprising 15 long term and 85 short term observers, from ECOWAS will observe the 11 Oct. 2015 elections in Guinea, according to the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Authorities organize census of CAR voters resident in Congo
    10 september 2015 16:00:33
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A census of citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR), resident in Congo, is being organized to determine those eligible to vote in their country's general elections planned for this year. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: OIF team okays Burkina voters' roll
    02 september 2015 20:39:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Experts from the International Francophone Organization (OIF) on Wednesday in Ouagadougou certified Burkina Faso's voters' roll for the 11 October elections. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Nigeria donates 20 vehicles for Burkina Faso polls
    02 september 2015 14:25:27
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Nigerian Government has donated 20 Hilux vans to Burkina Faso to assist the country conduct its general elections, scheduled for October. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 16 of 22 candidates cleared to run for 11 Oct. presidential election in Burkina Faso
    31 august 2015 14:36:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Constitutional Council in Burkina Faso has cleared 16 of the 22 candidates who applied to run for the 11 October presidential election, saying those rejected either did not pay the 25 million CFA Franc as required by law or have some damning security reports against them. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger elections 'a test for credibility of institutions', says NDI
    21 august 2015 13:41:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The chairman of the US National Democratic Institute (NDI), Kenneth Wollack, says that next year's general elections in Niger will test the credibility of democratic institutions in the West African country and evaluate their legitimacy. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Former opposition leader seeks presidential election
    17 august 2015 18:40:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Former Burkina Faso opposition leader Zéphirin Diabré, also chair of Union for Progress and Change (UPC) party, on Monday submitted to the Constitutional Council his candidacy for the presidential election due to be held 11 October 2015, official sources here said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS renews efforts for effective elections in member states
    10 august 2015 11:03:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has renewed its commitment to assist member states in conducting credible and transparent elections that will lead to political stability and economic development of the individual member states in particular and the region in general. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: President Hollande prays for peaceful elections in Cote d'Ivoire
    06 august 2015 13:57:12
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – In a goodwill message to the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, the French President, François Hollande, Thursday expressed the wish that October's presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire will turn the page of the crises in the country for good. Full text...

  • UN: UN observer mission finds overall environment in Burundi 'not conducive' to credible polls
    28 july 2015 07:06:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN says that the overall environment of the 21 July presidential election in Burundi, was not conducive for an inclusive, free and credible electoral process. Full text...

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