Politics - Elections
  • Sierra Leone Minister Promises Peaceful Elections
    21 april 2002 19:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's deputy minister for defence, Chief Sam Hingha Norman, said Sunday that the government was committed to holding free, fair and peaceful elections in May. Full text...

  • Mali government burns voter's cards
    21 april 2002 19:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian authorities have burnt over six million voter's cards whose validity had been disputed by opposition parties. Full text...

  • Voting starts for nomads in Northern Mali
    21 april 2002 19:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Voting for the 28 April presidential election in Mali started Sunday for nomads in Northern Mali, more than 1,000 km from Bamako. Full text...

  • Guinea plans legislative elections 30 June
    21 april 2002 18:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Legislative elections in Guinea, postponed twice by opposition parties and donors over inadequate preparations, could be held 30 June, the ruling Unity and People's Party (PUP) said. Full text...

  • Liberian elections commission to clarify ex-warlord's status
    20 april 2002 16:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian Elections Commission (ECOM) has said it is seeking clarifications on the status of ex- warlord Prince Johnson to determine whether he can contest the 2003 general and presidential elections. Full text...

  • Cameroon's election body trains supervisors
    18 april 2002 21:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 30 provincial delegates Wednesday ended a two-day drill on the supervision of elections, in the first of five seminars programmed across the country by the National Election Observatory (ONEL). Full text...

  • Commission to register Sierra Leonean returnees
    18 april 2002 21:15:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission is to register the country's citizens who returned from Guinea and Liberia, for the 14 May presidential and legislative polls. Full text...

  • EU observers to monitor Sierra Leone's poll
    18 april 2002 15:37:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The EU is sending an observer mission to monitor Sierra Leone's 14 May presidential and parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition party presses demand for poll re-run
    15 april 2002 08:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party still presses demands for a re-run of last month's presidential election which it claims President Robert Mugabe rigged to extend his 22-year rule. Full text...

  • Ruling party wins more seats in Mauritania senate
    13 april 2002 20:03:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Results of elections held Friday to renew a third of the seats in the Mauritania Senate show the ruling Democratic and Social Republican Party (PRDS) has won 16 of the 18 contested seats. Full text...

  • Parliamentary election campaigns start in Burkina Faso
    13 april 2002 19:48:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The president of the national independent election commission, Moussa Michel Tapsoba, Saturday officially launched nationwide campaigns for the parliamentary elections to be held 5 May in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Harare paper reveals plot to bomb British, US embassies
    13 april 2002 15:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Opposition militants and former colonial security officers plan to bomb the US and British embassies in Zimbabwe to create a pretext for foreign military intervention in the southern African country, a newspaper reported Saturday. Full text...

  • ZANU-PF official urges Zimbabwe to quit Commonwealth
    13 april 2002 14:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior official in Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF Saturday called for Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth following Harare's suspension for allegedly running a sham presidential election. Full text...

  • Congo postpones parliamentary polls to 26 May
    12 april 2002 22:01:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's government on Friday announced the postponement of legislative election from 12 to 26 May. Full text...

  • Sankoh's wife rejects RUFP presidential nominees
    12 april 2002 14:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Fatou Sankoh, wife of detained Sierra Leonean rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leader, Fonday Sankoh, has denounced the move by a "group of RUF officials" to nominate Paolo Bangura and Peter Vandi, presidential and deputy candidates for the May poll. Full text...

  • New election watchdog set up in Cameroon
    11 april 2002 23:24:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A group of Cameroonian citizens have formed a committee that would ensure openness and check malpractices in elections. Full text...

  • Influx of Malawi passports applicants from 'Zimbabwean-Malawians'
    10 april 2002 12:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's immigration department has said it has recorded a dramatic increase in applications for Malawian passports from Zimbabweans of Malawi origin during and after that country's March presidential election. Full text...

  • Electoral Commission approves RUFP's presidential nominee
    10 april 2002 08:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission, Wednesday approved the nomination of Paolo Bangura as presidential candidate of the Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP), for the country's May election. Full text...

  • Mohamed Saïd Fazul elected president of Moheli Island
    09 april 2002 19:41:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Mohamed Said Fazul has been elected president of the Moheli Island with over 55 percent of the votes to the detriment of his rival, Mohamed Hassanali. Full text...

  • 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...

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