Politics - Elections
  • Zimbabwe bars UK from monitoring presidential poll
    29 january 2002 15:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday announced a list of countries and regional and international organizations to be invited to observe its March presidential election, but specifically barred former colonial power Britain, charging that the latter has a bias in favour of opposition parties. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe minister backs soldiers over political stance
    28 january 2002 12:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi Monday backed a controversial political stance taken by the heads of the country's security services early this month, ahead of a presidential poll in March. Full text...

  • EU commits $2.8 million to elections in Sierra Leone
    28 january 2002 08:04:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- In its continuous desire to help speed up the democratic process in Sierra Leone, the European Union has promised 2. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Awards Chiefs In Bid to Win Votes
    27 january 2002 15:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a move widely seen as intended to win votes in an upcoming presidential poll, the Zimbabwe government at the weekend awarded traditional leaders increases of more than 50 percent on their allowances. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Opposition Party Snubs Coalition Overtures
    27 january 2002 15:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has snubbed overtures from other opposition parties to form an alliance to contest a presidential election due in March as one, top opposition officials said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to deploy thousands of local poll monitors
    26 january 2002 15:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's national election agency said Saturday it would deploy 22,000 monitors to supervise a crunch presidential poll in March, which the authorities have barred outsiders from monitoring. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans living abroad miss the vote
    25 january 2002 14:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone - (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission chair, Walter Nicol, said Friday that Sierra Leoneans living abroad will not vote in the scheduled May presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone begins voter registration
    24 january 2002 22:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Registration of voters for the 14 May general and presidential elections began Thursday in Sierra Leone's 14 electoral districts. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans In Despair As Election Violence Flares
    24 january 2002 10:38:00
    Bikita- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Samson Mafuta is a deeply depressed man. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean MPs pass election bill
    23 january 2002 22:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Parliament in Sierra Leone has passed into law the National Electoral Act 2001 that was piloted by the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) MP and minister of Rural Development, J. Full text...

  • Clergy join call for Zimbabwe's Mugabe to step down
    23 january 2002 21:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Southern African bishops Wednesday called on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, saying the move would benefit the African continent. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's electoral body asked to draw code of conduct
    22 january 2002 18:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government has asked the Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC) to draw up a code of conduct regulating the behaviour of all political parties in the run-up to the March presidential election. Full text...

  • UK minimises reports of planned evacuation from Zimbabwe
    21 january 2002 07:47:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has played down a report published by a weekly newspaper Sunday that ministers were drawing up plans to airlift some 25,000 British passport holders to safety amid fears that Zimbabwe's election could degenerate into violence during the next eight weeks. Full text...

  • Islamic group says it will boycott elections in Morocco
    19 january 2002 19:20:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An official of Morocco's largest Islamic organisation, Mohamed Moutawakil, has said his group will boycott legislative elections scheduled for September 2002. Full text...

  • Two Killed In Zimbabwe Political Violence
    18 january 2002 21:01:00
    Zaka- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Friday two people have been killed in election campaign-related clashes between rival political party supporters in the southern rural district of Zaka. Full text...

  • Rights groups calls for international reproof on Congo
    17 january 2002 14:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A coalition for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Congo (CDHD) has urged France, the European Union and the US not to support the electoral process in that country, alleging a government scheme to rig the polls. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Withdraws Draft Press Law
    16 january 2002 23:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday bowed to local and international pressure and withdrew a draft tough media law from parliamentary debate for amendment. Full text...

  • Opposition leader's call irks Zimbabwe's political class
    16 january 2002 18:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Wednesday came under attack from across the political divide for calling on South Africa to impose sanctions and force President Robert Mugabe to hold a free and fair presidential poll in March. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh to enter race for Sierra Leonean presidency
    16 january 2002 16:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) - A spokesman for the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), Eldred Collins, Wednesday confirmed that detained RUF leader Foday Saybana Sankoh was the group's candidate for the presidential election coming up in May. Full text...

  • Taylor rules out outside supervisors for 2003 elections
    15 january 2002 18:48:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Elections in Liberia may still be more than a year away, but thorny issues regarding free and fair conduct of the polls have begun dominating debates in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police arrest scores as political violence rises
    15 january 2002 18:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Tuesday they had arrested nearly 100 people, including a legislator, involved in political violence country-wide last weekend as campaigns hot up for a presidential election next March. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's electoral commission starts voters' roll
    15 january 2002 08:57:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's National Independent Electoral Committee (CENI) has launched a voters' registration exercise in the country, the Burkina Faso News Agency (AIB) reported. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe promises peaceful elections
    14 january 2002 22:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Monday assured his colleagues in the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) that the 9-10 March election would be free and fair. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Opposition Party Moves to Placate Army
    14 january 2002 21:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party moved Monday to placate the country's security services following their announcement regarding the forthcoming presidential election. Full text...

  • Mugabe Urged To Ensure Fair Presidential Poll in Zimbabwe
    14 january 2002 19:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community Monday had Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on the fact that the run-up to the presidential election in his country must be free and fair. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition maintains petition on election results
    14 january 2002 17:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has said it would press on with its petition over results of the controversial polls in which the ruling MMD's Levy Mwanawasa was elected Zambia's new president. Full text...

  • Mali cancels 5 million voters' cards
    14 january 2002 12:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Sources in Mali said Monday that the government has cancelled a batch of five million voters' cards worth 100 million CFA francs, ahead of the April presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean minister for delay in voter registration
    13 january 2002 19:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's parliamentary and political affairs minister Aiah Abu Koroma has appealed to President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to postpone the registration of voters in the diamond-rich eastern Kono district. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe agrees to international election observers
    12 january 2002 15:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Saturday bowed to pressure from the European Union to allow international observers monitor its presidential election slated for March, even as the southern African country repeated charges that former colonial power Britain was meddling in its internal affairs. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police step up security ahead of polls
    11 january 2002 23:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe police said Friday they had stepped up security around the country to curb political violence between rival party supporters ahead of the presidential election to be held in March. Full text...

  • Election comments by Zimbabwe Generals stuns public
    11 january 2002 22:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two months to a crunch presidential election slated for March, Zimbabweans were Friday keenly engrossed in debates after the heads of the country's security services said in a joint statement that they would not tolerate a leader who trampled upon the aspirations of Zimbabwe's war of independence. Full text...

  • EU still to piece up report on Zambian elections
    11 january 2002 21:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union Electoral Unit (EUEU) that monitored Zambia's 27 December elections has said that it is still compiling information for a final report on the controversial polls in which Levy Mwanawassa elected president. Full text...

  • UK denounces Zimbabwe over disregard for democratic norms
    11 january 2002 17:48:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Great Britain Friday said the passage of the Public Order and Security Bill and the General Law Amendment Bill by the Zimbabwean parliament on Thursday proved the government's "contempt for basic democratic principles. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe parliament passes controversial security law
    10 january 2002 19:22:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After three days of marathon debates, the Zimbabwe legislature Thursday passed a controversial new security law which government critics said President Robert Mugabe wanted to use to stifle the election campaign of his opponents ahead of a March presidential poll. Full text...

  • Mugabe sets dates for Zimbabwe presidential poll
    10 january 2002 12:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday fixed 9-10 March as polling dates for a crunch presidential poll in which he will be fighting for political survival against a resurgent opposition capitalising on the country's economic ills. Full text...

  • Parliament in Zimbabwe split over controversial laws
    10 january 2002 08:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's sharply divided legislators locked themselves in intense debate well into Wednesday night discussing two contentious proposed laws the government wanted to rush through parliament ahead of a key presidential election in March. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone begins voter registration soon
    08 january 2002 17:19:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Registration of voters for Sierra Leone's presidential and parliamentary election on 14 May will be held from 24 January to 7 February 2002, it was announced in Freetown. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition wants early elections to save economy
    07 january 2002 19:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's official opposition party Monday called for snap general elections before the end of the current financial year, saying that the government had exhausted the funds for running the country. Full text...

  • Congo's Denis Sassou-Nguesso promises free and fair polls
    07 january 2002 18:11:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has promised to abide by this year's electoral calendar and ensure openness during the various polls. Full text...

  • Congo sets up national electoral commission
    06 january 2002 17:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville Saturday set up a national electoral commission (CONEL) in charge of organising the elections expected this year. Full text...

  • Benin sets local elections for December
    06 january 2002 11:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will hold its local government elections in December 2002, the cabinet said Saturday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reiterates ban on EU election observers
    04 january 2002 14:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Friday reiterated its opposition to a European Union (EU) demand to send election observers for its March presidential poll, accusing the group of electoral bias and a propensity to interfere in the internal affairs of the southern African country. Full text...

  • Lusaka quiet after post-election tensions
    03 january 2002 17:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian capital, Lusaka, was Thursday in relative calm, after clashes between opposition supporters and security forces in post-election violence just before the swearing-in Wednesday of Levy Mwanawasa as the country's new President. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean electoral commission sensitises voters
    02 january 2002 21:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission has embarked on a 15-day campaign to sensitise voters ahead of the 14 May 2002 parliamentary and presidential election. Full text...

  • Zambians appeal to new leader to mend fences with opposition
    02 january 2002 17:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians Wednesday called on newly- elected President Levy Mwanawasa to work at resolving differences between his government and the opposition parties. Full text...

  • Zambian Court permits declaration of contested election results
    02 january 2002 10:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Seven opposition leaders who Tuesday petitioned for a recount of votes at Thursday's presidential polls in Zambia have lost the court battle, after Judge Peter Chitengi ruled Wednesday morning that the Lusaka High Court lacked competence on the matter. Full text...

  • EU observer mission denies sympathising with Zambian opposition
    01 january 2002 15:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union's observer mission to the elections in Zambia has dismissed allegations that it was siding with the opposition to undermine and discredit the authorities in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Opposition supporters besiege Zambian Supreme Court
    01 january 2002 12:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Thousands of demonstrators thronged the Zambian Supreme Court in Lusaka Tuesday in solidarity with seven opposition leaders, who were trying to block the inauguration of a new President scheduled for Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian Opposition Parties Want Donors to Direct Polls
    31 december 2001 20:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian opposition parties Monday resolved to invite donors to supervise future national elections. Full text...

  • NGOs demand resignation of Zambian poll Commissioner
    31 december 2001 18:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Oasis Forum, grouping five Zambian faith-based Associations and NGOs, has demanded the immediate resignation of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chairman, Justice Bobby Bwalya. Full text...

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