Politics - Elections
  • Zimbabwe's contending parties accept electoral code
    08 march 2002 13:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- All five political parties contesting in Zimbabwe's weekend presidential election Friday agreed an electoral code of conduct to ensure a free and fair poll. Full text...

  • Zambians brace for odds as Zimbabweans vote
    08 march 2002 11:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Zambian volunteers were Friday winding up training in refugee management skills at the border with Zimbabwe as the neighbouring country prepares to hold presidential election Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • UN experts criticise Mugabe over judicial defiance
    08 march 2002 10:48:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's actions defying the independence of the judiciary have drawn the ire of the UN which has characterised the acts as indicative that Zimbabwe is not a land of laws, but of men. Full text...

  • Soyinka declares solidarity for Zimbabwean opposition
    08 march 2002 10:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Renowned Nigerian Writer and Social critic, Wole Soyinka, has lambasted President Robert Mugabe for hanging on to power for too long, saying he is in full support of the opposition in its bid to bring political change in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Candidates in Congo asked to commit themselves to peace
    07 march 2002 23:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's National Commission for the Organisation of Elections (CONEL) has appealed to the country's presidential candidates to commit themselves to peace to stop post-electoral violence, according to an official of one candidate Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe leader's rally grinds hometown to standstill
    07 march 2002 22:23:00
    Chinhoyi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday ground his hometown of Chinhoyi in the north of the country to a halt when about 70,000 people turned up for his election campaign rally for a weekend presidential poll. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition considers forming coalition govt after poll
    07 march 2002 22:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Thursday he was prepared to form a government of national unity if he won a presidential poll due at the weekend to end three years of political polarisation in the country which had led to scores of deaths. Full text...

  • Algerian parties start campaigning for parliamentary poll
    07 march 2002 22:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's political parties have started their campaign for the parliamentary polls slated for 30 May. Full text...

  • Mali has a new presidential candidate
    07 march 2002 20:36:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- President of the Rally for Democracy (RDP), Almamy Sylla, has entered the race for the 28 April presidential election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Awards Himself Pay Rise
    07 march 2002 17:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In an act of scorn of his opponents in next weekend's presidential election, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday awarded himself a pay increase. Full text...

  • Mugabe Accuses Zimbabwean Whites of Political Sabotage
    07 march 2002 16:19:00
    Kadoma- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, continuing with his whirlwind election campaign rallies, has accused whites of hoarding food, and closing down businesses to sabotage his re-election bid. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe increases polling centres
    07 march 2002 13:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior Zimbabwean election official said Thursday the government was increasing polling centres for this coming weekend's presidential poll to avoid congestion and ensure all registered voters cast their ballots. Full text...

  • High Commission confirms Zimbabweans in the UK will not vote
    07 march 2002 13:35:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Zimbabweans in the United Kingdom will not vote in the March 9-10 presidential election in their country as no arrangement has been made to that effect, an official at the country's High Commission here has confirmed. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's opposition MDC loses petitions
    07 march 2002 13:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Thursday suffered a huge blow when the High Court in Harare threw out its petitions against the results of parliamentary elections in three constituencies. Full text...

  • Assassination plot against Zimbabwe leader takes new twist
    07 march 2002 13:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An alleged plot by a Zimbabwean opposition party to assassinate President Robert Mugabe took a new twist Thursday, with two parliamentarians of the party claiming a top military officer wanted to join the Movement for Democratic Change. Full text...

  • COMESA sends monitors to Zimbabwe
    07 march 2002 13:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has finally sent observers to monitor Zimbabwe's presidential election due Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • ZANU-PF militant youths harass journalists
    07 march 2002 11:24:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Militant youths of the ruling ZANU-PF Wednesday ejected journalists from Zimbabwe's sole independent daily covering a campaign rally of President Robert Mugabe, accusing the paper of "anti-government stance. Full text...

  • Presidential poll in Zimbabwe cost $90.9 million
    07 march 2002 10:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Electoral officials in Zimbabwe on Thursday said the government was spending 5 billion Zimbabwean dollars (over 90. Full text...

  • Britain still grieves over CHOGM's decision on Zimbabwe
    06 march 2002 19:53:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has again expressed regrets that a Commonwealth member State, Zimbabwe, has a leadership that "clearly violates democracy and good governance," the core values of the British-led Organisation. Full text...

  • ICFTU/AFRO election observer team arrives in Zimbabwe
    06 march 2002 16:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At a time of rapidly increasing tension in Zimbabwe, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) African regional bureau (AFRO) has sent an observer team to Harare ahead of the March 9-10 presidential election. Full text...

  • Mugabe: An inescapable day of reckoning
    06 march 2002 15:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ordinarily, the indecision of Commonwealth leaders on Zimbabwe at their just-ended Coolum Summit in Australia, ought to have provided President Robert Mugabe a window of opportunity for change, but from all indications, the day of reckoning appears inevitable for the embattled veteran freedom fighter. Full text...

  • 28 Burkinabe parties for April parliamentary polls
    06 march 2002 13:19:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Twenty-eight of Burkina Faso's 66 political parties have submitted listings for the 2002 parliamentary elections, Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) chairman, Moussa Michel Tapsoba announced in Ougadougou. Full text...

  • Mozambique ready to receive Zimbabwean farmers
    06 march 2002 13:08:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambique said on Wednesday it was ready to accommodate 60 Zimbabwean commercial farmers seeking to flee an uncertain political future after this coming weekend's critical presidential poll. Full text...

  • Pretoria welcomes confirmation of Lesotho elections
    06 march 2002 10:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In welcoming the announcement that general elections will be held in Lesotho 25 May 2002, the South African government has urged the Southern African region to support Lesotho in the democratic process. Full text...

  • Togolese government again puts parliamentary polls on hold
    05 march 2002 23:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government Tuesday announced that parliamentary elections initially billed for next Sunday would be deferred, explaining the latest postponement on the absence of the New Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Full text...

  • Court hears petitions on Gabonese general elections
    05 march 2002 23:03:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Constitutional Court in Libreville would on Wednesday begin hearing petitions on parliamentary elections held 9 and 23 December 2001 in Gabon, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Five million registered to vote in presidential poll
    05 march 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's election officials said Tuesday more than 5. Full text...

  • Can ageing Mugabe Floor His Opponents in Zimbabwe Poll?
    05 march 2002 16:21:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- "I am 77 years old, but I am still going strong. Full text...

  • South Africa Says Free and Fair Poll Possible in Zimbabwe
    04 march 2002 12:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The head of South African election observers to Zimbabwe said Monday a free and fair presidential poll in the country next weekend was still possible in spite of cases of violence. Full text...

  • OAU to send a military team to the Comoros
    03 march 2002 16:24:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Ahead of the country's presidential polls due 10 March, the OAU would on 7 March despatch a 39-strong military team to the Comoros for a 60-day mission, official sources affirmed Saturday in Moroni, citing a release from the continental body. Full text...

  • Abubakar Says Media Blowing Up Zimbabwe Poll Violence
    02 march 2002 14:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The head of Commonwealth election observers to Zimbabwe's March 9-10 presidential poll said Saturday the media was exaggerating election violence in the country. Full text...

  • Britain still optimistic Zimbabwe may be suspended
    02 march 2002 13:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair remains optimistic Zimbabwe would be suspended from the Commonwealth if President Robert Mugabe wins the March 9-10 presidential election in the southern African country through intimidation. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets funds for parliamentary elections
    01 march 2002 18:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government signed Thursday signed a financial agreement with donors to the tune of 447. Full text...

  • British Parliament attacks Straw's policy on Zimbabwe
    01 march 2002 16:26:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The British Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs has criticised Foreign Secretary Jack Straw for relying too much on the Commonwealth and the European Union to act against Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Congolese envoy promises transparent poll in Congo
    28 february 2002 20:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese Ambassador to France Henri Lopes expressed confidence in Paris Thursday that the government in Brazzaville will organise free and fair presidential poll on 10 March. Full text...

  • Home of state TV broadcaster in Zimbabwe attacked
    28 february 2002 20:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Opposition supporters in Zimbabwe Thursday attacked the home of a journalist working for state television, in reprisal for alleged biased reporting of ongoing election campaigns for a presidential poll due next month. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition sues Tv network over Mugabe plot
    28 february 2002 18:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Thursday filed a libel case against an Australian television network for broadcasting a film on an alleged plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Ruling party official says Mugabe will accept election defeat
    28 february 2002 09:40:00
    Harare Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior official of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party said Thursday President Robert Mugabe will accept and respect the results of the country's 9-10 March presidential election even if he loses. Full text...

  • Mugabe accuses opposition of planning to disrupt poll
    27 february 2002 20:43:00
    Rushinga- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Wednesday accused the opposition of trying to plunge the country into chaos through violence ahead of a presidential election due in ten days. Full text...

  • Rumours say ministers flee Zimbabwe ahead of polls
    27 february 2002 18:56:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Three Zimbabwean cabinet ministers have fled to Botswana in anticipation of post election trouble, according to unconfirmed reports Wednesday in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Memories of killed opponent haunts Azali's campaign
    27 february 2002 17:51:00
    Moroni- Comoros, (PANA) -- Youths in Comoros' southern city of Foumboni have jeered and booed at presidential hopeful, Col. Full text...

  • South African poll monitors welcome extra security measures
    27 february 2002 10:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Observer Mission (SAOM) in Zimbabwe Tuesday welcomed an undertaking by the Harare government to provide more security for the observers. Full text...

  • Comoran presidential aspirants for OAU protection force
    26 february 2002 22:41:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Eight out of Comoro's nine presidential candidates have requested the OAU to ask the international community for a "protection force" to ensure the regularity of the forthcoming polls. Full text...

  • Guinea's political parties plot course to parliamentary election
    26 february 2002 21:24:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea's political parties Tuesday started a dialogue on the supervision and monitoring of parliamentary election to be held by mid-year, the secretary general of the Ministry of Regional Administration, Decentralisation and Security, Kiridi Bangoura, told PANA. Full text...

  • No independent candidates in Senegal's local govt elections
    26 february 2002 19:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Independent candidates will not be allowed to stand in Senegal's local government elections scheduled for 12 May, a senior government official confirmed Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers to monitor Zimbabwe's election
    26 february 2002 18:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The West African sub-regional group, ECOWAS will at the weekend despatch a three-member team to Zimbabwe to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election in the Southern African country, the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja said Tuesday in a statement. Full text...

  • Mugabe takes election campaign to urban areas
    26 february 2002 13:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday took his campaign for next month's presidential election to the urban areas, telling supporters in a poor suburb of the capital Harare he would focus on housing and job creation if re-elected. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe turns down accreditation for some foreign press
    26 february 2002 13:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has turned down applications from several news organisations in Canada, Europe, South Africa and the USA to send journalists to cover the March presidential election on grounds their countries or media were hostile to the government. Full text...

  • Nigeria denies offering asylum to Mugabe
    26 february 2002 10:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has denied offering political haven for embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should he lose the high-voltage 9-10 March presidential election in his country. Full text...

  • South African Deputy President visits Zimbabwe over election
    26 february 2002 08:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma rushed to Zimbabwe Monday following reports that the South African observer mission had come under a second attack in three days. Full text...

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