Politics - Elections
  • Zimbabwe to amend laws to keep out foreign poll monitors
    07 november 2001 22:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Wednesday it planned to amend its electoral laws to ban poll monitoring by local NGOs and foreign groups, most of which it sees as biased in favour of opposition parties. Full text...

  • Zambian NGOs get EU funding for political education
    07 november 2001 14:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union has released some 163 million kwacha to 27 Zambian non-governmental Organisations (NGOS), for their voter awareness campaigns ahead of the country's upcoming general elections. Full text...

  • Congo's opposition hesitant to review electoral rolls
    06 november 2001 21:25:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A call made Tuesday in by Congo's Interior Minister, General Pierre Oba, to opposition parties to take part in the review of electoral rolls has not been well received. Full text...

  • Opposition invited to join in revision of voter registers
    06 november 2001 16:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) – Congolese Interior min-ister, Gen. Full text...

  • Leadership row threatens UNIP's elections participation
    06 november 2001 13:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A serious leadership wrangle in the former ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP) may derail its chances from taking part in this year's presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • EU backs down on demand for election monitors to Zimbabwe
    06 november 2001 12:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Tuesday rescinded its demand to send observers to monitor Zimbabwe's 2002 presidential poll, saying it would now wait for an invitation from the government. Full text...

  • SDF challenges impartiality of Cameroon's election watchdog
    03 november 2001 12:20:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) has filed a complaint with the Supreme Court challenging a presidential decree appointing members of the National Election Observatory (ONEL), party officials disclosed last Thursday. Full text...

  • France satisfied with elections in Mauritania
    30 october 2001 19:38:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The French Foreign Ministry Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the 19-26 October parliamentary and municipal elections in Mauritania, describing the exercise as free and fair. Full text...

  • Transparency International to monitor elections
    30 october 2001 12:41:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The German NGO, Transparency International, which serves as watchdog against world-wide corruption, will send observers during next year's parliamentary and local elections in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Electoral commission sets out guidelines
    27 october 2001 20:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Electoral Commission of Zambia has issued new guidelines to govern the lodging of nomination papers by candidates in the forthcoming polls later this year. Full text...

  • Commonwealth will not insist on poll monitors
    27 october 2001 19:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Commonwealth secretary-general Don McKinnon said Saturday his club of mainly former British colonies will not insist on sending election monitors to Zimbabwe during next year's presidential election if the government opposed their presence. Full text...

  • Members of election supervisory body take oath
    27 october 2001 10:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Chief Justice Alexis Dipanda Mouelle on Friday swore in 11 members of the national election supervisory body, or ONEL, that will direct the forthcoming general elections. Full text...

  • Officials instructed to ensure fair polls
    24 october 2001 22:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- All district administrators in Mauritania have been issued written instructions requiring them to ensure open and fair conditions for the second round of parliamentary and local government elections to be held Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition unites for second ballot
    23 october 2001 21:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian opposition parties have decided to unite their forces in constituencies where second ballot parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held Thursday. Full text...

  • Opposition forms coalition in second round voting
    23 october 2001 20:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Opposition parties in Mauritania have decided to unite their forces in constituencies where there will be a second round of voting in the country's parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Ruling party wins 56 parliamentary seats
    22 october 2001 11:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's ruling Democratic and Social Republican Party (PRDS) has won 56 out of 81 seats in the country's future Parliament, with an easy runoff in many electoral constituencies, election commissioners said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Ruling PRDS party faces run-off in towns
    21 october 2001 11:40:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- As election officials Sunday morning continued counting votes cast in Friday's civic and parliamentary elections, sources disclosed that the ruling Democratic and Social Republican Party (PRDS) faced a run-off in major towns. Full text...

  • Japan funds organisation of Zambia's elections
    19 october 2001 21:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The government of Japan is to provide about 3 billion kwacha (785,340 US dollars) to Zambia to facilitate the holding of presidential, parliamentary and local government elections expected before the end of this year. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Observers certify Gambian poll
    19 october 2001 21:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Observer group has endorsed Thursday's presidential poll in the Gambia as "successful". Full text...

  • British envoy urges focus on corruption, poverty
    18 october 2001 21:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- British High Commissioner to Zambia, Thomas Young, has called on political parties bracing up for the forthcoming tripartite elections to make anti-corruption and poverty reduction a central theme in their campaigns. Full text...

  • Zambians get EU kudos for civil awareness
    18 october 2001 20:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has expressed satisfaction with what it said was a flurry of civic awareness campaigns in the build up to Zambia's council, parliamentary and presidential elections expected later in the year. Full text...

  • Independent press in Gambian lament plight
    16 october 2001 13:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Even though the entire Gambian press received no assistance from the government to fully cover Thursday's presidential elections, journalists said they were performing without qualms. Full text...

  • Gambian parties finalise campaigns
    14 october 2001 16:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Political parties in Gambia are winding up their electioneering ahead of Thursday's presidential election, the second since the 1994 coup in the country. Full text...

  • King sets September 2002 for parliamentary polls
    12 october 2001 22:35:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Stressing the need for "fair and honest elections", Morocco's King Mohammed VI Friday announced that parliamentary polls would be held in September 2002. Full text...

  • Government approves budget for early elections
    12 october 2001 21:29:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government has approved the draft budget of 2. Full text...

  • Opposition loses seat to ruling party
    08 october 2001 21:41:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's ruling Democratic Constitutional Rally, or RCD party, has won all seven parliamentary seats contested in Sunday's by-elections. Full text...

  • Detained party leader elected councillor for Port Louis
    08 october 2001 18:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The leader of the Mauritian Hizbullah party, Cehl Fakeemeah, who has been in police custody for the past ten months, was elected councillor of Port Louis, electoral officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian State Governors reject draft electoral Bill
    08 october 2001 18:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's 36 State governors, acting under the aegis of the Governors Forum, Monday rejected the draft electoral Bill passed last week by the Senate, the upper chamber of the National Assembly (Parliament). Full text...

  • Congo plans new ID for elections
    06 october 2001 18:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville plans a new computerised identity card for its citizens, according to Communications Minister, Francois Ibovi. Full text...

  • Opposition wants elections with or without UNITA
    06 october 2001 10:23:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Opposition PLD party leader Analia de Victoria Pereira has urged the Angolan government to go ahead and hold elections as soon as possible, with or without the participation of Jonas Savimbi and his rebel UNITA movement. Full text...

  • Voters' Registration Postponed
    04 october 2001 16:26:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission Thursday announced suspension of the registration of voters for the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. Full text...

  • SADC electoral body reviews Tanzania's 2000 poll
    02 october 2001 22:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Namibia-based Electoral Commissions Forum of Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, is evaluating Tanzania's 2000 multi-party elections, the Organisation said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Registration deadline runs out midnight Thursday
    20 september 2001 21:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The deadline for the submission of candidatures for Mauritania's local and parliamentary elections due 19 October, runs out at midnight GMT Thursday. Full text...

  • International observers to monitor Zambia's elections
    20 september 2001 20:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Lusaka residents have welcomed a decision by the government to invite international organisations to come and monitor elections due later this year in Zambia. Full text...

  • Malians divided over former military ruler's moves
    20 september 2001 15:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- By seeking early retirement from the army last week, the former Malian president Gen. Full text...

  • Civil groups press for independent electoral commission in Congo
    19 september 2001 23:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Four human rights NGOs pressed Wednesday in Brazzaville for the setting up of an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) "to guarantee transparency and credibility in future elections". Full text...

  • Voters pass mixed verdict in Zimbabwe's by-elections
    11 september 2001 08:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Voters in two constituencies in Zimbabwe gave the country's two main political parties mixed signals in weekend's by-elections seen as a test run for next year's crucial presidential poll. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone polls to await completion of disarmament
    11 september 2001 07:39:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan says elections in war-afflicted Sierra Leone should be held only when certain conditions are met, including the completion of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of combatants. Full text...

  • Washington supports Mali's electoral process
    08 september 2001 19:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The US is supporting the electoral process in Mali, especially the 2002 polls with 502 million FCF francs, according to Washington's Ambassador in Bamako, M. Full text...

  • Mkapa rules out coalition government in Zanzibar
    07 september 2001 21:05:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa has admitted that election procedures were flouted in 16 constituencies of Zanzibar during the general elections last year. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to hold crucial weekend elections
    07 september 2001 17:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Political temperature was high Friday in two constituencies in Zimbabwe ahead of weekend elections which rival parties are using to gauge their strength ahead of next year's crunch presidential poll draws close. Full text...

  • Ruling party loses seat to opposition FDD
    07 september 2001 10:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Results of latest parliamentary by-elections in Zambia show that voters are moving away from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) to the opposition. Full text...

  • Seychelles comes first, says president-elect
    04 september 2001 21:37:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- President-elect France Albert Rene has called on fellow politicians and the people in general to put Seychelles first before other interests. Full text...

  • Vice President promises free, fair elections
    31 august 2001 16:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid reports of political thuggery in some States, Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar Friday assured of the preparedness of the present administration to ensure a free, fair and peaceful elections in the country in 2003. Full text...

  • Main opposition party plans participation in next polls
    29 august 2001 23:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's main opposition party -- the Social Democratic Front -- would contest the next presidential and general elections "even under bad laws", according to its chairman, John Fru Ndi. Full text...

  • Deadline for filing election papers expires Wednesday
    29 august 2001 22:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The deadline for Mauritanian political parties to submit papers for their candidates in the forthcoming municipal and parliamentary elections expires on Wednesday at midnight. Full text...

  • Minister opposes calls for independent election commission
    27 august 2001 21:08:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's interior minister Brig. Full text...

  • Congo appeals for election assistance
    25 august 2001 19:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's Interior minister Pierre Oba Saturday conceded that the country would need international help in the conduct of several of a referendum on a draft constitution later this year, as well as general elections due in 2002. Full text...

  • Foreigners accused for possessing voter's cards
    25 august 2001 09:41:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has taken to court some foreigners accused of acquiring voters' cards during a registration exercise. Full text...

  • Parties call for vote by abroad-based Benin nationals
    22 august 2001 16:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Political parties in Benin have called on the government to make arrangements to enable abroad- based citizens to vote in future elections. Full text...

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