Politics - Elections
  • 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...

  • Zambian students decry drag over election results
    31 december 2001 17:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Students from Evelyn Hone College and the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) Monday added their voices to a growing concern across Zambia over delays in the release of results from last Thursday's presidential election. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition leader denies declaring himself poll winner
    31 december 2001 11:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Monday refuted allegations that its leader, Anderson Mazoka, had declared himself winner of the country's 27 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Zambian Govt dismisses rumours about MMD candidate
    30 december 2001 19:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's chief government spokesman Vernon Mwaanga has dismissed the rumour that the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy presidential candidate, Levy Mwanawasa, has been flown to South Africa for emergence medical treatment after collapsing. Full text...

  • Slow release of Zambia's election results worries observers
    30 december 2001 14:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Carter Center Sunday expressed concern about the slowness of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) in announcing preliminary results of Thursday's presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • Zambia's opposition petition initial election results
    30 december 2001 12:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Seven of the 10 opposition presidential candidates in the 27 December presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in Zambia have petitioned the returning officer, Chief Justice Matthew Ngulube, over the initial results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Tension brews in Zambia over delayed elections' results
    30 december 2001 11:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Tension has gripped Zambia before the announcement of official results in Thursday's presidential, parliamentary and local government elections, prompting former Nigerian head of state, Gen. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition leader criticised for claiming poll victory
    29 december 2001 16:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's chief government spokesman Vernon Mwaanga, has expressed disappointment at opposition leader Anderson Mazoka's self-declared victory in Thursday's presidential elections in the country. Full text...

  • Uncertainty grips Zambia as Mazoka declares himself president
    29 december 2001 14:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As political uncertainty and tension sweeps across Zambia, dozens of cars, vans and mini-buses laden with supporters of "victorious" United Party for National Development (UPND) Saturday paraded along Lusaka's main thoroughfares singing and chanting victory songs, and honking their horns. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition leader declares himself winner
    29 december 2001 12:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, Zambian opposition leader Anderson Mazoka Saturday declared himself as winner in the country's presidential elections held on Thursday. Full text...

  • Delayed election results worry Zambians
    29 december 2001 10:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians, joined by opposition leader Anderson Mazoka of the United Party for National Development's (UPND), Saturday woke up expecting to hear news of their next president. Full text...

  • Zambia's final poll results expected Saturday
    28 december 2001 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's full presidential, parliamentary and local government elections are expected to be proclaimed early Saturday, the country's the Electoral Commission said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • Ruling party trails in preliminary election results
    28 december 2001 13:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Preliminary elections results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) in Lusaka Friday show that the presidential race was a stiff contest between the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND). Full text...

  • Dearth of electoral materials worries opposition
    27 december 2001 12:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Reports that electoral materials have not arrived in certain parts of the country are worrisome to opposition parties engaged in presidential, parliamentary and local government elections on Thursday in Zambia. Full text...

  • Chiluba cast ballot in hometown Ndola
    27 december 2001 12:32:00
    Ndola- Zambia (PANA) -- Flanked by presidential affairs minister Eric Silwamba and Regina Mwanza, women chairperson of the ruling party,Zambian President Frederick Chiluba on Thursday voted around 11:00 a. Full text...

  • One constituency complains no ballot papers to vote
    27 december 2001 09:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Voting in Zambia 's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections at some polling stations in Matero constituency failed to commence on scheduled Thursday due to the non-delivery of ballot papers and other electoral materials. Full text...

  • Zambians criticise Kaunda for return to partisan politics
    27 december 2001 08:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As Zambians turned out in thousands early Thursday morning to vote in presidential, parliamentary and local government elections, there is mounting public outcry over the return to partisan politics by Zambia's former President, Kenneth Kaunda. Full text...

  • Zambians vote under threatening wet weather
    27 december 2001 08:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian voters began casting their ballots at dusk Thursday in presidential, parliamentary and local government elections to usher in a new government. Full text...

  • Zambian leader warns against using unorthodox methods to power
    26 december 2001 20:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Wednesday in Lusaka warned opposition parties for inciting Zambians to revolt against his party if it won Thursday's poll. Full text...

  • Zambian leader blames maize shortage on "political intrigue"
    26 december 2001 19:51:00
    Ndola- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba has blamed the shortage of maize in the country, and the subsequent decline in his party's popularity, on "political intrigue. Full text...

  • Zambians go to the polls Thursday
    26 december 2001 09:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia holds a general election Thursday with eleven political parties vying for the country's presidency, parliamentary seats and representation in local governments. Full text...

  • Cameroon's opposition rejects poll observatory
    24 december 2001 23:31:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Executive Committee of a faction of the opposition Union of Cameroon's People (UPC) has called for the removal of the National Elections Observatory (ONEL) and the creation of an Independent Election Commission. Full text...

  • Former leader Kaunda joins campaign trail for opposition
    24 december 2001 20:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- With only three days to a crucial tripartite poll, former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has left retirement for the campaign trail. Full text...

  • NDI trains agents ahead of Zambian elections
    24 december 2001 20:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) has trained more than 50 000 election agents in readiness for Zambia's presidential, parliamentary and council elections coming up 27 December. Full text...

  • Survey tips Mazoka, Mwanawasa frontrunners in Zambian election
    24 december 2001 19:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An opinion poll ahead of Zambia's presidential election coming up 27 December has tipped Anderson Mazoka of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and Levy Mwanawasa of the ruling Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) leading contenders. Full text...

  • Kagame re-elected chairman of ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front
    24 december 2001 13:40:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- President Paul Kagame was on Sunday re- elected Chairman of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) by a special two-day convention in Kigali, official sources said. Full text...

  • Food at centre of Zambian elections campaign
    23 december 2001 12:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Food, particularly maize, is at the centre of the campaign for Zambia's presidential, parliamentary and local elections to be held on 27 December. Full text...

  • Zambians search their minds for a new leader
    21 december 2001 09:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In what pundits say would be the keenest presidential race since independence 37 years ago, most Zambians remain undecided who to vote for, less than a week to election day on 27 December. Full text...

  • Retired magistrate heads Ivorian electoral committee
    20 december 2001 21:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A retired Ivorian magistrate, Camille Hoguie, has been appointed chairman of the Independent Electoral Committee (CEI). Full text...

  • Cabinet sets 23 December as election day in Gabon
    20 december 2001 14:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's cabinet has set 23 December as a date for the re-run of its first round of parliamentary elections in eight constituencies, officials sources said. Full text...

  • Zambia's electoral body says ballot papers not ready
    20 december 2001 13:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- With only a week before Zambians go to the polls, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairman Bobby Bwalya has revealed that the commission has not printed ballot papers to be used during the elections on 27 December. Full text...

  • Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda calls for coalition
    20 december 2001 12:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda Thursday appealed to Zambian voters in next week's elections to remove the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) from power and replace it with a new breed of young leaders who will rebuild the country's shattered economy. Full text...

  • Gabonese opposition leader urges supporters to vote Sunday
    19 december 2001 21:54:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The leader of the opposition National Lumberjacks Rally/Rally for Gabon (RNB-RPG), Paul Mba Abessole, Wednesday called for a massive vote by his supporters during Sunday's second round parliamentary elections in Libreville. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe extends voter registration to Sunday
    19 december 2001 20:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean election officials Wednesday extended a voter registration exercise for next year's presidential election, due to have ended on 19 December, to Sunday to enable more people register. Full text...

  • Congolese government issues electoral calendar
    18 december 2001 22:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's constitutional referendum is to be held in January 2002 while first the round of presidential elections are scheduled March, the country's minister of communication and government spokesman Francois Ibovi, announced in Brazzaville Tuesday. Full text...

  • Fear of vote rigging grips Zambia ahead of presidential polls
    18 december 2001 17:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The opposition in Zambia has expressed fears that the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) would rig the country's presidential, parliamentary and local government elections scheduled for 27 December. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition advocates grassroots administration
    18 december 2001 16:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two Opposition political parties taking part in this year's elections have said they would maintain positions of District Administrators, if elected into office, the Zambian News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana leads in Madagascar's Sunday polls
    18 december 2001 10:53:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Mayor of Antananarivo Marc Ravalomanana, was ahead of incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka in four of Madagascar's six provinces, according to partial results from Sunday's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Observers allege poll irregularities in Madagascar
    18 december 2001 09:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A group of poll observers has reported alleged irregularities on the voters list used in some provinces during Sunday's presidential poll in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Churches sue for peaceful election campaign
    18 december 2001 08:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Church leaders in Zimbabwe have appealed to political parties to ensure peaceful electioneering ahead of the March 2002 presidential poll in the country. Full text...

  • Voters in Antananarivo massively cast ballots
    16 december 2001 11:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy voters on Sunday calmly thronged polling stations in the capital, Antananarivo, to massively cast their ballots in a presidential election pitching six candidates. Full text...

  • Malagasy voters hold presidential election
    16 december 2001 10:27:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- More than 7 million Malagasy voters early Sunday began casting their ballots at some 16,500 polling stations to elect a president from six candidates vying for the position. Full text...

  • Mugabe launches Zimbabwe presidential election campaign
    15 december 2001 17:29:00
    Victoria Falls- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Saturday closed a three-day congress of his ruling party urging for a vigorous campaign for his re-election come March 2002. Full text...

  • Council of Malagasy Churches calls for vigilance
    15 december 2001 14:31:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Ecumenical Council of the Christian Churches of Madagascar (FFKM) has appealed to Christians throughout the country to exercise vigilance during Sunday's poll. Full text...

  • China grants Togo $140,000 in aid
    15 december 2001 10:52:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- China has donated 140,000 US dollars to Togo following the signing of a draft agreement in Lome by the country's foreign minister Koffi Panou and the Chinese ambassador Yin Yubiao. Full text...

  • Newspaper fear unrest on polling day in Madagascar
    14 december 2001 23:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Stephane Jacob, editor of "Midi Madagascar", has expressed fears over the rising tension in the run-up to Sunday's presidential election in the island nation, noting that the tension was "higher than during the constitutional crisis of 1991". Full text...

  • US opens elections support center in Lusaka
    14 december 2001 14:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- US Ambassador David Dunn Friday inaugurated a resource center in Lusaka to support electoral activities in Zambia, saying voter education and election monitoring are vital components of free and fair elections throughout the world. Full text...

  • Cameroonian opposition denounces election watchdog
    13 december 2001 21:54:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Since the appointment of members of the National Election Observatory (ONEL) on 10 October by a presidential decree, opposition parties in Cameroon have repeatedly denounced its composition, claiming that the body could not be neutral. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition urged to close ranks for presidential poll
    12 december 2001 23:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Grassroots Welfare Party (GWP) leader James Mtonga, who late November withdrew his candidacy for Zambia's presidential election, has enjoined fellow small-time hopefuls to do same and close ranks for a stronger opposition force against the ruling MMD. Full text...

  • Madagascar's presidential campaign now on homestretch
    11 december 2001 23:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Six candidates in the presidential election to be held 16 December in Madagascar have been on the campaign trail, canvassing for votes with only a week to go before polling day, MATERA agency said Tuesday. Full text...

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