Politics - Elections
  • Botswana refuses to brand Zimbabwe polls as unfair
    09 april 2002 19:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- After a long silence, the Botswana government Tuesday refused to describe the recent presidential election in Zimbabwe as unfair. Full text...

  • Majority of Egypt's ruling party candidates unopposed
    08 april 2002 20:02:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Nearly 70 percent of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) candidates were unopposed as voters started to cast ballots early Monday to elect new municipal councillors. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition demands new presidential poll
    07 april 2002 19:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The leader of Zimbabwe's biggest opposition party Sunday demanded a re-run of a presidential election held last month, which the party accuses President Robert Mugabe of rigging to extend his 22-year rule. Full text...

  • Burkinabe parties, media agree on election modus vivendi
    06 april 2002 19:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 30 Burkinabe political parties and alliances involved in general elections slated for 5 May, Friday established an election code of conduct with the public and private press. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe arrests civil rights leaders over banned march
    06 april 2002 13:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Saturday arrested at least 20 members of a civil rights group after they tried to stage a banned demonstration to demand a new constitution. Full text...

  • Mali's 25 runners overtax budget set aside for election
    06 april 2002 12:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Officials of the Ministry of Administration and Territorial Organisation (MATO), visibly surprised by a large number of candidates registered for the 28 April presidential elections, are at pains to find the necessary funds to finance the ballot. Full text...

  • Some 21 parties back ex-Malian leader
    05 april 2002 22:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 21 Malian political parties have decided to support General Amadou Toumani Toure's (ATT) candidacy in the 28 April presidential election, sources close to the ATT campaign said in Bamako Friday. Full text...

  • Malian candidate says Konare may break silence if necessary
    04 april 2002 23:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The ruling Alliance for Democracy in Mali's (ADEMA) presidential candidate, Soumaïla Cisse, said in Bamako Thursday that outgoing President Alpha Omar Konare might publicly support his candidacy "if the circumstances required it. Full text...

  • Mali Constitutional Court to rule on candidacy of Gen. Toure
    03 april 2002 23:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Constitutional Court will on 5 April latest pronounce on eligibility of Gen. Full text...

  • Symposium on election monitoring holds in Yaounde
    03 april 2002 21:25:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A symposium on election observation, organised by the local chapter of the Paris-based rights group New Human Rights (NDH), opens on Thursday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt begins talks with opposition
    03 april 2002 12:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe government officials and those from the main opposition party were on Wednesday due to begin talks on last month's disputed presidential election under the dual mediation of South Africa and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Parties Pick Presidential Candidates
    02 april 2002 17:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission has confirmed the nomination of six presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the elections due to be held in May. Full text...

  • Fifteen Malian parties form electoral alliance
    02 april 2002 11:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Fifteen Malian political parties over the weekend created an alliance dubbed "Espoir 2002" (Hope for 2002) ahead of the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, newspapers reported in Bamako Tuesday. Full text...

  • Azali, two others qualify for Comoran presidential poll
    18 march 2002 16:13:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Outgoing Comoran military ruler, Col. Full text...

  • Mbeki, Obasanjo to discuss Zimbabwean crisis with Mugabe
    18 march 2002 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Monday departed for Harare for talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Full text...

  • Mbeki departs for Zimbabwe on Commonwealth mission
    18 march 2002 07:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki departs for Zimbabwe Monday to engage his controversially re-elected counterpart Robert Mugabe in talks aimed at fostering a coalition government in that country. Full text...

  • Distraught Zimbabweans flock into Botswana
    17 march 2002 20:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Up to 200 Zimbabweans fleeing economic hardship have reportedly been arrested in Botswana, days after President Robert Mugabe's was declared winner of last week's presidential election. Full text...

  • Horse trading ahead of Kenya's historic party merger elections
    17 march 2002 11:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Politicians from the ruling Kenya African National Union (Kanu) party and the opposition National Development Party were locked in flurry of activities ahead of their planned merger Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pressured to form national unity govt - Diplomats
    15 march 2002 16:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three days after winning a disputed presidential election, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is coming under growing regional pressure to form a government of national unity to ensure political stability in the southern African country, African diplomats in Harare said Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa may persuade Zimbabwe to form national unity govt
    15 march 2002 12:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There is growing speculation that Britain and the US will back a South African plan to persuade Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to form a government of national unity with the official opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Full text...

  • US queries registration of Sierra Leonean child voters
    14 march 2002 19:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The US government has expressed concern over reports that children below the age of 18 were registered as voters in Sierra Leone's forthcoming presidential and general election. Full text...

  • South African observers declare Zimbabwe poll "legitimate"
    13 march 2002 15:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Observer Mission (SAOM) on Wednesday said Zimbabwe's elections were legitimate. Full text...

  • Nguesso obtains 92.04 percent of votes in Congo's poll
    13 march 2002 12:46:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso has obtained 92. Full text...

  • France delays comment on Zimbabwe election
    13 march 2002 12:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France will only comment on the just-concluded Zimbabwe's presidential election after scrutinising reports from foreign observer groups, French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Francois Rivasseau said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's military on high alert as Mugabe leads in poll
    13 march 2002 07:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Wednesday placed the police and army on high alert against possible outbreak of violence after the announcement of results of the country's presidential election. Full text...

  • Britain Urges Sierra Leoneans to Vote in May
    12 march 2002 19:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Published figures on voters registered for Sierra Leone's general elections in May show that the majority of eligible voters were recorded, according to a statement issued by the British High Commission here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans end balloting in extended presidential election
    11 march 2002 18:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Polling in Zimbabwe's presidential election ended Monday at 7PM local time, and counting of ballots is expected to start Tuesday morning, the Election Directorate chairman, Mariyawanda Nzuwa said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean diplomat accuses foreign media of bias
    11 march 2002 17:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean Embassy official in France, Monday expressed alarm at what he considered a misrepresentation of fact by a section of the international media. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police allege arrest of "fleeing" opposition leader
    11 march 2002 17:26:00
    Plumtree- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe State Radio quoted police Monday as alleging that a senior official of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had been arrested at the border with Botswana as he "tried to flee the country to escape treason charges. Full text...

  • Africa could learn from French election campaigns
    11 march 2002 16:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As the French political class gears up for elections slated for April, France, which usually plays a role model for many African countries appears too busy to either impact or officially comment on the unfolding political crises in Africa. Full text...

  • UFP names candidates for Mauritanian senate elections
    11 march 2002 15:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The opposition Union of Forces for Progress (UFP) has announced its candidates for elections into the Mauritanian senate, slated for 12 April 2002. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt says opposition planning violence
    11 march 2002 14:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government said Monday it had uncovered a plot by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party to engage in violence if it loses the current three-day presidential election which ends Monday. Full text...

  • Voting in Zimbabwe uncertain as polling booths remain shut
    11 march 2002 10:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Polling centres in Zimbabwe's presidential election re-opened Monday in the capital Harare, but voting at most of the stations was suspended pending instructions from the government, which appeared reluctant to re-open voting booths in spite of a high court order to do so for Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe voting extended to Monday
    10 march 2002 20:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The High Court in Zimbabwe Sunday extended voting in a two-day weekend presidential poll by another day, due to a massive turnout throughout the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean government refuses to extend polling days
    10 march 2002 17:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Sunday petitioned the High Court after the Zimbabwe government rebuffed its pleas for voting in a two-day weekend presidential election to be extended due to a massive voter turnout. Full text...

  • Unique birthday present await presidential hopefuls
    10 march 2002 16:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- What's the most exciting birthday present can anyone wish to receive? A Mercedes Benz? A house? Two of the five politicians contesting in Zimbabwe's two-day weekend presidential election are hoping the nation's electorate will hand them the country's top political job as a birthday gift. Full text...

  • Two million cast ballots Saturday in Zimbabwe
    10 march 2002 16:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Figures released by election officials in Zimbabwe Sunday showed that nearly two million people voted on the first day of voting Saturday in a two-day weekend presidential poll. Full text...

  • Conflicting reports on fairness of Zimbabwean poll
    10 march 2002 14:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the South African Observer Mission to this weekend's presidential election in Zimbabwe, Samuel Motsuenyane, has expressed general satisfaction with the peaceful way in which the first day of voting took place. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Beefs Up Polling Staff
    10 march 2002 13:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Election officials in Zimbabwe Sunday increased polling staff at voting centres in a weekend presidential poll, particularly in Harare, to ease congestion. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Allows Journalists into Polling Stations
    10 march 2002 13:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe election officials said Sunday they would allow journalists inside voting stations of a weekend presidential poll to witness proceedings and take photographs. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Votes, Predicts Victory
    10 march 2002 12:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai cast his ballot Sunday in a two-day presidential election and predicted victory over incumbent President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Voting In Zimbabwe Presidential Poll Continues
    10 march 2002 09:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Voting in Zimbabwe's two-day presidential election re-opened Sunday with growing calls for an extension of balloting to allow all registered voters to take part. Full text...

  • FIDH dismisses Congo Brazzaville's presidential polls
    09 march 2002 17:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights' League (FIDH, has described Sunday's presidential poll in Congo Brazzaville as a "smokescreen". Full text...

  • Zimbabwe voters keep politicians guessing
    09 march 2002 15:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean voters Saturday kept the country's politicians guessing about the likely outcome of a two- day weekend presidential poll by turning out in large numbers to cast their ballots in both rural and urban areas. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe poll winner faces huge task reviving economy (Analysis)
    09 march 2002 12:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabweans across the country poured to polling stations in large numbers Saturday to elect a president, but the winner of the two-day poll will face a huge task reviving the economy, battered by political instability which accompanied the election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean leader votes, predicts victory in election
    09 march 2002 11:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Saturday cast his vote in a weekend presidential poll in which he is facing a serious challenge, and predicted he would romp to victory. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe VP suffers stroke on election eve
    09 march 2002 10:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's second vice president, Simon Muzenda (79), suffered a stroke on the eve of the country's elections, sources in that country said Saturday. Full text...

  • Mugabe, Tsvangirai to be responsible for any election violence
    09 march 2002 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai will both be responsible if there is bloodshed during or after this weekend's elections in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Voting begins in Zimbabwe poll, turnout high
    09 march 2002 09:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Voting began Saturday in Zimbabwe's two-day weekend presidential poll, and election officials reported a high voter turnout throughout the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Hunting Down UK, US Spies
    08 march 2002 14:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe authorities said Friday they had launched a hunt for hordes of British and United States spies they suspect to have entered the country under the guise of tourists in recent days to cause political havoc after this weekend's presidential poll. Full text...

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