Politics - Elections
  • South African party commends Harare's lifting of press ban
    21 february 2002 18:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's New National Party Thursday praised two South African organisations for successfully negotiating the lifting of Harare's ban on local journalists to cover Zimbabwe's March presidential polls. Full text...

  • Mugabe marks birthday under siege
    20 february 2002 21:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe marks his 78th birthday Thursday, under siege from opponents at home and abroad ahead of the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Essy challenged over African election monitoring remarks
    19 february 2002 21:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The widening debate over whether foreign countries should monitor elections in Africa or not, took a new twist Tuesday with a Zambian cleric saying the foreign observers were doing so to stop African leaders from stifling democracy. Full text...

  • Decisive day in Madagascar election crisis
    19 february 2002 20:07:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Tuesday was expected to be a decisive day in Madagascar's post-election crisis, as the joint committee of representatives of opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana and incumbent president Didier Ratsiraka were due to announce the conclusions of talks mediated by the OAU. Full text...

  • Nigerian leader insists Zimbabwe polls can be free
    19 february 2002 19:02:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- The absence of European Union (EU) observers at next month's presidential election in Zimbabwe would by no means comprise a free and fair poll, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria affirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African Newspapers criticise Harare's ban on journalists
    19 february 2002 18:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three South African newspaper groups have condemned Zimbabwe government's decision to ban some foreign journalists from covering the 9-10 March elections in the country. Full text...

  • Newsman sees no chance for free, fair election in Zimbabwe
    18 february 2002 20:10:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Controversial Zimbabwean correspondent for the London-based The Independent newspaper has reiterated his conviction that there is no chance for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe next month. Full text...

  • Botswana to send election observers to Zimbabwe
    18 february 2002 19:48:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Botswana said Monday it would send three teams of election observers to Zimbabwe to take part in that country's presidential poll in March. Full text...

  • Malian opposition party has no candidate for presidency
    18 february 2002 15:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Delegates of Mali's opposition Party for Development and Revival (PMDR), have decided at a National Convention at the weekend not to field any candidate for the country's April presidential election. Full text...

  • Mugabe puts opponents on defensive over murder plot
    18 february 2002 08:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, unnerved by revelations of an opposition plot to murder him, has put his opponents in a presidential election next month on the defensive by appealing to the conscience of the electorate for support, political analysts said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe throws out EU election observer
    17 february 2002 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Saturday night ordered the designated head of the European Union (EU) team of observers for next month's presidential poll to leave the country, charging that he was making unwarranted political statements. Full text...

  • Mugabe, Chissano, Muluzi discuss situation in Zimbabwe
    17 february 2002 10:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe is due in Beira Sunday for talks with President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Malawian President Bakili Muluzi on the political situation in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Govt refutes opposition accusations
    16 february 2002 19:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has denied accusations by some opposition politicians of irregularities in the electoral process scheduled in March and April. Full text...

  • Ten in Congo's presidential race
    15 february 2002 23:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's Supreme Court on Friday published at the Brazzaville law courts the final list of ten presidential candidates contesting the 10 March election. Full text...

  • South Africa election observer holds talks with Mugabe
    15 february 2002 09:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the South African Observer Mission to the presidential elections in Zimbabwe, Ambassador Simon Motsuenyane, held talks Thursday with President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Annan Criticises Amendments to Togo's Electoral Law
    14 february 2002 15:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has criticised the recent amendment of Togo's electoral law by the government, saying it does not help in creating favourable conditions for holding elections. Full text...

  • France deplores Togo's electoral code amendment
    13 february 2002 23:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France on Wednesday deplored the amendment of the Togolese electoral code, saying this was an obstacle to the dialogue Paris has been trying to promote. Full text...

  • British NGO to monitor Burkina media's election reporting
    13 february 2002 21:09:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The British NGO "Article 19" has initiated a project aimed at monitoring the quality of news items to be used by radio stations and newspapers in Burkina Faso during the April 2002 legislative elections. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana meet under OAU mediation
    13 february 2002 18:09:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Madagascar's two presidential candidates, incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and rival Marc Ravalomanana, met for the first time Wednesday morning through the intervention of OAU Secretary General Amara Essy. Full text...

  • SADC election observers due in Zimbabwe Friday
    13 february 2002 18:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior official of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) said Wednesday the regional group will this week start sending election observers to Zimbabwe to take part in a presidential poll due next month. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe halts US Senator's visit, poll observers pour in
    13 february 2002 12:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Wednesday withdrew a travel visa it earlier issued to a US Senator, saying the timing of his visit ahead of the country's March presidential election is "not suitable. Full text...

  • Lissouba's party to boycott Congo presidential election
    12 february 2002 22:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Pan-African Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPADS), party of former President Pascal Lissouba, has announced it will boycott the 10 March presidential election in Congo. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean President says would retire after giving out land
    12 february 2002 17:54:00
    Gutu- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who faces a tricky presidential election next month, Tuesday refuted charges that he was clinging to power, and said he would retire after giving out land to landless peasants under his government's controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, EU head for confrontation over election observer
    12 february 2002 17:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and the European Union (EU) were Tuesday headed for a renewed diplomatic stand-off over the refusal by the southern African country to accredit an official from the group to observe next month's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to declare voting days holidays
    10 february 2002 09:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Sunday he would declare 9 and 10 March public holidays to allow people to vote in a presidential election. Full text...

  • SADC Ministers happy with Zimbabwe's election preparation
    09 february 2002 15:21:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Taskforce on Zimbabwe has expressed satisfaction with President Robert Mugabe's fulfilment of his pledge on the country's 9-10 March presidential poll. Full text...

  • Madagascar's former President calls for second ballot
    08 february 2002 17:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Madagascar President Albert Zafy said Friday in Paris that a second round of voting would be the only solution to the current political crisis in the Indian Ocean island. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Electoral Body extends voter registration
    07 february 2002 18:25:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission has extended the voter registration period in the country by three days. Full text...

  • Abubakar heads Commonwealth observers in Zimbabwe
    07 february 2002 13:21:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Former Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar has been appointed to lead the Commonwealth Observer Group for the presidential election in Zimbabwe, scheduled 9-10 March. Full text...

  • Zambia criticises EU's interference in Zimbabwe poll
    06 february 2002 18:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- New Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Tuesday criticised the European Union (EU) for interfering in Zimbabwe's 9-10 March presidential election, saying this was unhealthy for democracy. Full text...

  • Abubakar to lead Commonwealth observers to Zimbabwe
    06 february 2002 18:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigeria's former military head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to Zimbabwe, state television reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU, Zimbabwe lock horns over election observers
    06 february 2002 18:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and the European Union were Wednesday heading for another showdown after Brussels sneaked its election observers without invitation to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Commonwealth election observers arrive in Zimbabwe
    05 february 2002 21:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- State television reported Tuesday that the first team of Commonwealth election observers had arrived in Zimbabwe to ahead of next month's presidential election. Full text...

  • Mugabe woos Zimbabwe's urban voters
    05 february 2002 21:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe would on Wednesday hold his first urban election campaign rally in the eastern city of Mutare, as he steps up his bid for re- election in a crunch poll due next month. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police release journalist from detention
    05 february 2002 20:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday released a journalist detained overnight on allegations of organising an illegal demonstration last week. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe frees correspondent for London-based newspaper
    05 february 2002 17:32:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A London-based newspaper, The Independent, Tuesday announced the release of Basildon Peta, its correspondent in Zimbabwe from police custody. Full text...

  • EU observers criticise Zambia Electoral Commission
    05 february 2002 14:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's electoral commission has failed to fulfil its mandate on behalf of the voters, a European Union observer mission says in its report on the country's recent presidential poll. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe politicians pick on a range of campaign issues
    04 february 2002 23:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As Zimbabwe's crunch presidential poll early next month closes in, politicians are picking up a range of campaign issues, some traditionally absent on election menus, to lobby for support. Full text...

  • Court swears in Ivorian election body
    04 february 2002 20:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A 25-man Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) elected in Cote d'Ivoire last December has been sworn in by the Abidjan High Court, sources affirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Politicians Spice Campaign With Humour
    04 february 2002 16:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After months of armchair political rattling, Zimbabwean politicians have finally hit the campaign trail for a presidential election due next month. Full text...

  • Tsvangirai expresses confidence to get elected president
    04 february 2002 12:58:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party --the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)-- has promised to ensure sound economic management and better standard of living for Zimbabweans if elected into power. Full text...

  • International pressure piles on President Robert Mugabe
    03 february 2002 09:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The political clock is ticking rather dangerously for beleaguered Zimbabwe President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, whose aggressive campaign for re-election has been mired in a domestic land crisis that portends grave repercussions. Full text...

  • Presidential aspirant promises to allow exiles to return
    02 february 2002 20:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese Speaker of Parliament between 1993-1997 Andre Milongo stated Sunday in Brazzaville that he would authorised all exiles to return home if he is elected in the 10 March presidential elections. Full text...

  • Mugabe launches presidential campaign in Zimbabwe
    02 february 2002 17:16:00
    Uzumba- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As he launched his bid for re-election in the 9-10 March presidential election Friday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed to defy international pressure to back down on his controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe envoy lashes out at Britain over bias reports
    01 february 2002 14:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's High Commissioner to South Africa Simon Moyo Thursday condemned Britain for the bad publicity his country was getting. Full text...

  • Five candidates to stand for Zimbabwe presidency
    31 january 2002 21:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Five candidates Thursday officially registered at the close of nominations to run in Zimbabwe's crunch presidential election due in March. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe NGOs want inclusion in SADC's poll monitoring scheme
    31 january 2002 16:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- NGOs in Zimbabwe Thursday appealed to governments of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to include civil society groups in their national election observer teams to Zimbabwe's presidential poll coming up in March. Full text...

  • Benin media watch urges for greater professionalism
    31 january 2002 10:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The chairman of Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC), Timothée Adanlin, has urged the media to be professional in their coverage of local elections expect next December. Full text...

  • Congolese churches call for free and fair elections
    30 january 2002 14:03:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Churches in Congo have appealed to the government and the political class to ensure that the coming elections are held in transparency, justice and equity. Full text...

  • Ex-Sierra Leonean junta head to stand for the presidency
    29 january 2002 22:40:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) junta leader, Lt-Col. Full text...

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