Politics - Elections
  • Congo: France hails evolution of electoral process in CAR
    25 july 2015 13:22:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, currently on a tour of Africa, has praised the evolution of an electoral process in Central African Republic (CAR) saying France's commitment to support the process was reaffirmed on 14 July by the French ambassador in Bangui, Charles Malinas. Full text...

  • Niger: CENI unveils programme for 2016 elections
    23 july 2015 12:38:16
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger's national independent electoral commission (CENI) on Wednesday unveiled its programme for the parliamentary, presidential and local elections to be held next year. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges Burundi's parties to refrain from violence during elections
    21 july 2015 15:31:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the decision of the government of Burundi to hold the presidential election on 21 July, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the polls. Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza votes in his native village in northern Burundi
    21 july 2015 11:44:46
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial third-term bid has been at the center of a heated political debate for nearly three months, cast his vote Tuesday morning in his native village of Ngozi, northern Burundi. Full text...

  • Burundi: Voting in Burundi presidential election begins
    21 july 2015 09:20:51
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – After a particularly tense night with heavy gunfire and grenade explosions in several districts of Bujumbura, believed to have been perpetrated by the opposition against the candidature of President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third-term, voting began Tuesday amidst a calm atmosphere in the Burundi presidential polls. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: 'Free, fair elections in Côte d'Ivoire, a priority for US'
    07 july 2015 21:30:25
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The US deputy secretary for West African Affairs at the US State Department, Mrs Bisa Williams, on Tuesday in Abidjan said that a top priority for the United States with regard to Côte d'Ivoire is to ensure free and fair elections in October with high voter turnout. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition demands electoral, constitutional reforms
    07 july 2015 18:57:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Gambian opposition parties have jointly made proposals and demands geared towards electoral and constitutional reforms ahead of the West African country's 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Compaore minister to run for president
    06 july 2015 09:42:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a former minister under the regime of former Burkina President Blaise Compaore, is to contest the country's presidential election in October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to assist Burkina Faso to organize polls
    02 july 2015 17:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has pledged to work with other ECOWAS member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in conducting free, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • Congo: Main opposition party denounces President Sassou Nguesso's third term bid
    30 june 2015 21:00:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The main opposition party in Congo on Tuesday denounced the attempts of President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third term Full text...

  • Burundi: Security tight as polls open
    29 june 2015 10:07:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Security is very tight across Burundi as the controversial legislative polls opened Monday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Burundi govt's insistence on holding elections irks Ban, as voting begins
    29 june 2015 09:07:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concerns over Full text...

  • Burundi: Boycott seen as major issue in Monday's elections in Burundi
    28 june 2015 15:56:38
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Only a massive boycott by the opposition could make all the difference in Burundi’s municipal and legislative elections scheduled for 29 June 2015 as the ruling CNDD-FDD (Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie/forces de défense de la démocratie) party is likely to be sole contestant. Full text...

  • Benin: Beninese hold civic elections
    28 june 2015 10:58:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Voters in Benin Sunday streamed to polling stations to elect representatives to local, communal and municipal councils with 34 political parties competing for dominance. Full text...

  • Burundi: Legislative and local elections to go ahead on Monday in Burundi
    27 june 2015 17:57:47
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundian Interior Minister, Mr Edouard Nduwimana, announced on Saturday that local and legislative elections will take place on Monday, ignoring calls by the opposition, mediation and international partners for a postponement because of volatile conditions in the East African country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appeals to Burundian authorities to consider postponing elections
    26 june 2015 18:56:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Closely following political and security developments in Burundi, UN Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: ECOWAS Commission chief urged to run for presidency in Burkina Faso
    22 june 2015 16:45:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A group of people who claim to belong to various political parties on Monday called on the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, to run for the presidency in Burkina Faso when elections take place in October under the former majority Congress for Democracy and Progress party. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. parties win full majority in urban elections
    15 june 2015 16:35:38
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius' ruling coalition was Monday declared outright winner of urban elections held Sunday for the administration of the five towns in the island, including the capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Urban Mauritius goes to polls Sunday
    13 june 2015 11:21:08
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian urban electorate go to the polls Sunday to elect their representatives in regional administration who will manage the affairs of the island's five towns over the coming six years. Full text...

  • UN: UN Peacebuilding Commission tasks stakeholders on CAR's elections
    12 june 2015 07:39:20
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Peacebuilding Commission has called on all stakeholders in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help promote an environment conducive to holding elections, ahead of the country’s parliamentary vote in July. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi Electoral Commission releases new electoral calendar
    08 june 2015 21:02:27
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Burundi released on Monday a new calendar for general elections beginning with municipal and legislative polls on 26 June. Full text...

  • Burundi: CENI to announce new election time-table in Burundi
    02 june 2015 15:43:28
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) is set to announce a new election time-table, originally scheduled for between May and August 2015, before the failed coup attempt in the African nation. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Electoral commission sets 25 Oct. date for general elections
    25 may 2015 12:02:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Registered Tanzanian voters will go to the polls on 25 Oct. 2015 to elect the country’s new president, legislators and councillors for municipal and local government councils, who will hold office for the next five years, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN independent expert, Ivorian electoral commission hold talks
    22 may 2015 22:22:19
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN independent expert for human rights, Mohammed Ayat, on Friday held talks with the chairman of the Ivorian national independent electoral commission (CEI), Youssouf Bakayoko. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: 'Elections will hold in 2017'
    21 may 2015 09:09:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has assured that the country's presidential and parliamentary elections will hold in 2017, laying to rest the speculation that the polls will be postponed. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Constitutional crisis looms in Burundi after postponement of parliamentary polls (A News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    20 may 2015 18:33:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Following protests by thousands of people who in recent weeks marched on Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, demonstrating their disapproval of President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in violation of the constitution, authorities in the country have decided to put parliamentary elections off till 5 June on grounds of national security. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Govt, UNDP sign pact for Ivorian electoral process
    19 may 2015 11:14:21
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an 8.82 billion CFAF (US$15 million) pact on the financing of the country’s electoral process. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Former Guinea junta leader Camara declares candidacy for presidential election
    11 may 2015 22:29:45
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The former Guinean junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara (2008-2009), on Monday in Ouagadougou, where he has lived in exile since January 2010, announced his candidature for the presidential election to be held in his country in October. Full text...

  • Togo: Re-elected President Gnassingbé sworn in
    04 may 2015 12:22:56
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Re-elected Togo’s President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé was sworn into office for a third, five-year term on Monday before the Constitutional court. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Municipal polls scheduled for 7 June in Mauritius
    01 may 2015 13:50:34
    Vacoas, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth announced Friday that the municipal elections in the five towns of the island will take place on Sunday, 7 June, 2015. Full text...

  • Togo: INEC revises presidential election results
    30 april 2015 20:33:51
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revised the results of Togo's presidential election announced on Tuesday, the state-owned daily, Togo Press, said on Thursday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Congo: Workshop on capacity building for elections in Central Africa opens
    28 april 2015 20:40:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A sub-regional workshop on the building of capacities for elections opened on Tuesday in Brazzaville with the participation of more than 50 observers from nine member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Full text...

  • Togo: AU urges Togolese to maintain peace after presidential polls
    28 april 2015 14:02:36
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The African Union (AU) electoral observer mission has urged the Togolese to preserve the serenity and will of the people that prevailed during the 25 April presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Omar Al-Bashir wins presidential polls
    27 april 2015 12:16:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Incumbent President Omar Al Bashir, in office for 26 years, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election and will serve another five years in office. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Anti-Campaore campaigners welcome ban on Campaore officials from polls
    26 april 2015 12:04:57
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Thousands of demonstrators Saturday took to the streets of the Burkina capital, Ouagadougou, and the western city of Bobo-Dioulasso to show their support for the electoral code which has banned pro-Compaoré officials from taking part in the next elections in October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gov. Rochas Okorocha re-elected in Imo State
    26 april 2015 09:08:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Incumbent Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Saturday won the South Eastern Imo State governorship polls, securing a second term in office, according to the local television station, Channels Television. Full text...

  • Nigeria: INEC conducts re-run Governorship polls in Abia, Imo and Taraba States Saturday
    25 april 2015 05:37:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will Saturday conduct governorship re-run elections in the South Eastern States of Imo and Abia as well as in the North Central Taraba State. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks Togolese on presidential elections
    25 april 2015 04:48:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Togo's stakeholders Full text...

  • Sudan: EU says outcome of elections will not affect relations with Khartoum
    22 april 2015 12:18:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) office in Khartoum on Wednesday said the outcome of the Sudanese elections, of which it was critical, will not affect its relations with the government of the people of Sudan, watering down a strong worded reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full text...

  • Sudan: Western troika unhappy with elections in Sudan
    21 april 2015 14:30:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States, UK and Norway are critical of the recent general and presidential elections held in the Sudan and whose final results are yet to be officially announced. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU election observer mission arrives in Togo
    21 april 2015 14:20:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Commission Tuesday announced the arrival of its election observation mission in Togo as the West African nation prepares to hold presidential election on 25 April. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Growing number of Burundians fleeing pre-election violence
    17 april 2015 13:46:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) Pre-election violence and intimidation in Burundi has triggered a recent rise in the number of people seeking asylum in neighbouring Rwanda and DR Congo, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission to deploy 100 observers for Togo polls
    16 april 2015 12:05:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is to deploy 100 election observers, headed by former Liberian Interim President Amos Sawyer, to monitor Togo’s 25th April 2015 Presidential elections, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese women unite for peaceful polls
    16 april 2015 11:21:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants at the just-ended national training workshop on Gender and Elections in Lomé, Togo, have committed to uniting and mobilising women for peaceful elections in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief tasks Burundians on peaceful elections
    15 april 2015 20:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid AI-Hussein, on Wednesday said that inside and outside Burundi, stakeholders were extremely concerned about tensions rising sharply, with a series of elections set to take place between May and August this year. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu challenges Zambian opposition parties to take part in elections
    15 april 2015 17:27:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has challenged local opposition parties to participate in elections so that they could help strengthen democracy in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: NEC hints of possible shift in election date
    15 april 2015 15:37:38
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean National Electoral Commission (NEC) has hinted at the possibility of postponing the 2016 local council polls, and the general and presidential elections in the country, due in 2017/18. Full text...

  • Sudan: 109-year-old voter makes headlines in Sudan polls
    15 april 2015 12:29:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A 109-year-old woman who trekked to a polling booth to cast her vote in Sudan's ongoing presidential and parliamentary polls made newspaper headlines in the North African nation on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief tasks Burundi on elections preparations
    13 april 2015 18:35:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Al-Hussein Full text...

  • Sudan: Voting opens in Presidential, Parliamentary polls
    13 april 2015 12:08:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections kicked off on Monday and will continue for three days, with over 13 million eligible voters due to elect a President and Lawmakers for a five-year tenure. Full text...

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