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  • Ghana: ECOWAS holds workshop for long-term election observers
    13 august 2017 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More than 20 regional experts in political affairs, gender, the media, civil society and development issues, began an intensive training in Accra on Sunday to deepen their knowledge on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN chief stresses dialogue to ease Kenyan post-election tensions
    13 august 2017 14:38:48
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections, and, stressing the importance of dialogue to defuse tensions, called on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence in the wake of the polls. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission urges Kenyans to respect the rule of law following Kenyatta polls win
    12 august 2017 19:23:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, reacting to the the official announcement of the final results of the presidential election in Kenya on 11 August, 2017, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has called on all those wishing to challenge the results to do so through the channels provided for by the law. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Kenyan security forces to exercise restraint in post-election violence
    12 august 2017 18:12:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan security forces should exercise restraint in the face of protests in response to election results, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan post-election violence claims 24 lives
    12 august 2017 18:05:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 24 people were killed in an overnight security crackdown and 93 others have been treated for injuries related to protests in Kenya since the declaration of the Presidential election results, a human rights body and a relief agency said Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Investigate police killings of pro-opposition protesters' - Amnesty
    12 august 2017 17:49:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Saturday urged the Kenyan authorities to investigate reports that police shot dead demonstrators protesting against the outcome of the presidential election on Friday night, as protesters gathered again in opposition strongholds. Full text...

  • Kenya: Sporadic violence breaks out in Kenya after poll results
    12 august 2017 14:38:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several people are feared to have been killed in random shooting across the Western Kenyan towns of Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Bondo and in Nairobi after protests broke out following the announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta's poll victory, which the opposition leaders strongly disputed, officials said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta extends friendship to opposition leader after poll victory
    12 august 2017 11:13:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta romped to Presidential victory on Friday, immediately extending a hand of friendship to opposition leader Raila Odinga and calling on the citizens to avoid violence. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenyan elections body declares Kenyatta poll victory
    11 august 2017 18:36:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected with 8.19 million votes ahead of his challenger Raila Odinga's 6.79 million votes, whose agents walked out shortly before the elections body declared the winner of the polls on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition walks out before presidential poll result announcement
    11 august 2017 17:17:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leaders have walked out of the national tallying centre for the presidential poll and rejected the elections in total. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECONET launches media tools for visibility
    11 august 2017 15:38:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its effort to generate greater awareness on its mandate to promote fair and credible elections in West Africa, the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), RESAO in French and Portuguese, has launched its new website along with other social media outreach tools. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan presidential election results expected to be declared shortly
    11 august 2017 09:59:58
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's elections body is undertaking its final tally of the presidential vote on Friday from 17 constituencies before declaring the winner of the polls held on 8 August 2017. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenyan opposition declares victory in Kenyan polls
    10 august 2017 14:11:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) on Thursday declared victory in the 8 August elections, saying it won with 8.4 million votes against 7.75 million votes for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and demanded that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman should declare Odinga the winner of the elections. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty cautions Kenyan police against use of 'unnecessary force'
    10 august 2017 09:08:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged Kenyan police not to use unnecessary force in their handling of any election-related protests, amid fear and uncertainty in the country after the opposition rejected the initial publicly announced results. Full text...

  • Kenya: Elections body continues vote validation after opposition complaints
    10 august 2017 07:34:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's elections body confirmed receipt of final election result tallied from 30 constituencies on Thursday, which it would begin to display, according to a Commission official, Roselyn Akombe. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta edges closer to victory; IEBC dismisses Odinga's hacking claims
    09 august 2017 21:08:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta moved closer to being reelected in Tuesday's poll as he strengthened his lead and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rejected claims of his main rival Raila Odinga that the servers of the elections body was hacked and results manipulated. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Paul Kagame confirmed winner of 2017 Presidential election
    09 august 2017 15:29:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Paul Kagame is the definite winner in last week's presidential polls with 98.79%, according to final results released Wednesday by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition calls for dissolution of Parliament, snap election
    09 august 2017 14:37:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday called for the dissolution of the South African National Assembly following a failed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma the previous day. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's electoral body begins probe on poll hacking claim (Eds: Adds details)
    09 august 2017 10:56:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's electoral body said on Wednesday an investigation into the alleged hacking of its servers would be conducted and the final results could be provided within five days after a thorough verification process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's electoral body begins probe on poll hacking claim
    09 august 2017 10:47:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's electoral body said an investigation into the alleged hacking of its servers would be conducted and the final results could be provided within five days after a thorough verification process. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta maintains healthy lead in Kenya election
    09 august 2017 07:13:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has a healthy lead over his main rival, Raila Odinga, in Tuesday's presidential election, obtaining 54.53% with 91.28 per cent of the votes declared, according to provisional results published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • US: Guterres calls for peaceful resolution of 'disagreements' over Mauritanian referendum results
    09 august 2017 06:02:50
    New York, US (PANA) – Following Mauritania's 5 August constitutional referendum, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has encouraged all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are addressed peacefully within the confines of the law and respect for the rights to freedom of assembly and expression. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition leader rejects election results
    09 august 2017 02:51:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan main opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the results of the Presidential vote, which showed President Uhuru Kenyatta leading with 6.3 million votes against his 5 million votes. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta maintains early lead in Kenya presidential election
    08 august 2017 21:00:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained an early lead in Tuesday's presidential election, according to provisional results published by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma narrowly survives secret 'no confidence' vote in South African parliament
    08 august 2017 17:37:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday came within a whisker of being removed from office but, for the eighth time, he survived a no confidence vote. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: South African President, Jacob Zuma, survives motion of no confidence
    08 august 2017 16:56:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The motion of no confidence in South African President Jacob Zuma, debated and held in Parliament on Tuesday, has failed. Full text...

  • Kenya: Vote counting begins after close of polling centres
    08 august 2017 15:59:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The counting of the votes in Kenya's general elections kicked off after polling centres closed on Tuesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Essebsi urges Libyans to hold onto political agreements for stability, security
    08 august 2017 14:21:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A story on the facebook page of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has quoted the Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, as saying that his country is in full support of all agreements made by Libyan "warring" parties that could lead to stability and security. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan poll centres open for general elections
    08 august 2017 07:57:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday to elect a President and members of parliament in what is expected to be a closely contested election between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition challenger Raila Odinga. Full text...

  • Kenya: Polls open in Kenya general elections
    08 august 2017 06:41:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Voting has begun on Tuesday in Kenya's general elections where some 19 million registered voters are casting their ballots to elect a president, parliamentarians, governors and senators, among others. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN experts call on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls
    07 august 2017 21:17:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – On the eve of Kenya's General elections, three United Nations human rights experts have asked the government to urge all parties to maintain the highest standards of behaviour before, during and after Tuesday's vote to avoid a repeat of the violence that took place in 2007. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition leader expresses concern over poll preparations
    07 august 2017 17:08:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday met European Parliamentarians observing the elections and expressed worries that lack of transparency in the voters' register and potential failures of the electronic system of voting could affect outcomes. Full text...

  • Egypt: President Sisi ratifies law establishing Egypt's National Electoral Commission
    07 august 2017 15:52:38
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Monday ratified a law creating the country's National Electoral Commission (NEC) to supervise elections and referendums, according to the state-run news agency, MENA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Lawmakers vote on Jacob Zuma secret ballot on Tuesday
    07 august 2017 15:33:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's parliament will vote by secret ballot on Tuesday on a motion of no confidence on South African President Jacob Zuma, according to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes Kaunda after Lusaka visit
    06 august 2017 13:38:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma is enroute back to South Africa after visiting Zambia's former President Kenneth Kaunda at his home in Lusaka. Kaunda was released from hospital last week after undergoing tests. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council toughens sanctions on DPRK over ballistic missile launches
    06 august 2017 04:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) – In response to the launches of ballistic missiles of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council on Saturday moved to strengthen sanctions on the Northeast Asian country's exports. Full text...

  • Libya: New UNSMIL Chief assumes duty in Libya
    05 august 2017 19:26:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The new UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, assumed duty on Saturday, pledging to "respect" the country's sovereignty and unity. Full text...

  • Kenya: 2 Ghanaians among foreigners deported after opposition party offices raid
    05 august 2017 17:07:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four foreigners, including two Ghanaian information technology specialists, an American and a Canadian working with an opposition party in Kenya have been deported after a raid at the party offices, party officials and the US Embassy said Saturday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Defeated opposition candidate congratulates Rwanda president-elect, Paul Kagame
    05 august 2017 15:35:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The candidate of the opposition Democratic Green Party in Rwanda, Dr. Frank Habineza, defeated in the just-concluded 4 August Rwandan presidential election, on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to president-elect Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Kenya: AUEOM orientation, briefing programme ends Saturday in Nairobi
    05 august 2017 10:27:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Preparing to deploy its short-term election observers to the field, the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) in Kenya ran a three-day orientation and briefing programme from 3- 5 August, 2017. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda’s president re-elected overwhelmingly
    05 august 2017 08:58:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Paul Kagame has won re-election in the presidential polls with 98.66%, according to provisional results released Friday midnight by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan Presidential candidates make final pitch for votes before polls open
    05 august 2017 08:51:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The final campaigns for the Kenyan Presidential elections took place on Saturday before a 48-hour official calm to allow voters to make up their minds on who to chose, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Observers give credit to Rwanda’s presidential poll management
    04 august 2017 15:45:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Observers of Rwanda’s presidential election on Friday expressed confidence in national agencies to deliver credible results of the poll. Full text...

  • Morocco: Sudan’s Bashir arrives in Morocco on private visit
    04 august 2017 14:43:42
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, wanted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC), arrived in Morocco late Thursday for a private visit. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans turn out massively for presidential poll
    04 august 2017 13:33:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan voters headed to polling stations early Friday to elect their next head of state with some 6.8 million citizens of the central east African country expected to take part in the one-day exercise. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party official warns of 'nuclear bomb' if Zuma is forced out
    04 august 2017 11:08:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African National Congress chief whip in Parliament Jackson Mthembu on Friday warned party members not to vote in favour of removing President Jacob Zuma next week, saying that it would have the same impact as detonating a nuclear bomb. Full text...

  • US: Guterres receives proposals on a strengthened UN-Habitat
    04 august 2017 06:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) – An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability. Full text...

  • US: UN sanctions 'formidable instrument for global peace and security' - UN
    04 august 2017 06:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Security Council sanctions are “a formidable instrument for global peace and security,” a senior UN political official said on Thursday in New York, stressing that these measures, when implemented effectively, can contribute to preventing conflict, countering terrorism and constraining the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office concerned about unrest ahead of Mauritanian referendum
    03 august 2017 13:40:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights office on Thursday expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Murder of election official, threats raise fears ahead of Kenya polls'
    02 august 2017 12:12:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International warned on Wednesday that recent events in Kenya, including the chilling murder of a top electoral commission official, are creating a cloud of fear that must be properly addressed, as the East African nation heads for elections next week. Full text...

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