Politics - Elections
  • 42 seats decided so far in Gabon's parliamentary polls
    11 december 2001 23:17:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Forty-two seats have so far been decided from provisional results of voting at the first round of parliamentary elections held last Sunday in Gabon. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition bigwigs denounce election process
    11 december 2001 21:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese president Pascal Lissouba and two ex-Prime Ministers have rejected the electoral process initiated by the Brazzaville government, charging that it lacked transparency. Full text...

  • US says worried with pre-poll violence in Zimbabwe
    11 december 2001 21:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting US under-secretary of State for African Affairs, Walter Kansteiner, said Tuesday Washington was worried about reports of pre-election violence in Zimbabwe, and appealed to regional countries to ensure a presidential poll due in March was free and fair. Full text...

  • Gabonese general elections run into a hitch
    09 december 2001 18:40:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The first round of Gabon's general election was off to a bumpy start Sunday, characterised by delay in the arrival of voting materials and initial low voter turnout at polling stations. Full text...

  • Togolese election board gets more funds
    09 december 2001 17:56:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government has allocated the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) 578 million francs CFA (771 000 US dollars) to help finance the revision of voter registers as well as sensitisation campaigns. Full text...

  • Bongo warns troublemakers as Gabonese cast their ballots
    09 december 2001 17:13:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo has threatened to arrest and bring to justice anyone who attempts to disrupt Sunday's general elections in the country, the national news agency AGP) reported. Full text...

  • Foreign observers for Gabon's Sunday elections
    09 december 2001 16:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's general elections Sunday were being monitored by international observers, including 12 from the Francophony International Organisation (OIF), and six from the OAU. Full text...

  • Uncertainty over opposition participation in Gabon's poll
    07 december 2001 18:12:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- With less than two days left before the first balloting in the Gabonese parliamentary elections slated for Sunday, it is still anybody's guess as to whether all opposition parties will take part in the exercise. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition advocates decentralised administration
    07 december 2001 13:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- If it won power, Zambia's opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) said it would decentralise government in order to take resources closer to the people who are the key players in development. Full text...

  • Cameroonian President extends councillors' mandate
    07 december 2001 12:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The mandate of local councillors across Cameroon, elected on 21 January 1996, has again been extended for a six-month period beginning 21 January 2002, according to a decree issued Thursday by President Paul Biya. Full text...

  • France gives 100 million FCFA election grant to Togo
    05 december 2001 23:31:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- France has given Togo a grant of 100 million FCFA (over 134,000 US dollars) to enable its National Independent Electoral Commission organise the forthcoming parliamentary elections in March 2002. Full text...

  • Antananarivo's mayor criticised by other candidates
    05 december 2001 22:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Antananarivo's current Mayor Marc Ravalomanana has become the main target of criticism by other candidates contesting the 16 December Malagasy presidential election. Full text...

  • Rival candidates criticise the mayor of Antananarivo
    05 december 2001 21:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Some presidential candidates in Madagascar have amplified criticisms against Mayor Marc Ravalomanana of Antananarivo, who is also a candidate, for failure to clean the city, the Indian Ocean agency (MATERA) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Less than 600,000 Gabonese voters to cast ballots
    05 december 2001 20:43:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The number of voters in Gabon's forthcoming parliamentary election has been reduced from 774,608 to 598,431, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission, Gilbert Ngoulakia, revealed in Libreville Wednesday. Full text...

  • Togo to begin reviewing electoral rolls Friday
    04 december 2001 22:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese authorities will on Friday begin reviewing voters' electoral rolls in preparation for the next parliamentary polls, whose first round is to be held on 10 March 2002 and the second two weeks later. Full text...

  • Zambia's 11 presidential candidates file nomination papers
    30 november 2001 22:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's 11 presidential candidates Friday successfully filed their nomination papers for the 27 December elections, said Chief Justice Matthew Ngulube, who is also the returning officer, Friday. Full text...

  • EU calls for free and fair elections in Madagascar
    28 november 2001 14:24:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union said Wednesday in Brussels that it was keenly following preparations for the 16 December presidential elections in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition boycotts revision of voter registers
    27 november 2001 22:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- All Congolese opposition parties have refused to sit in commissions set up by the government to revise voter registers ahead of general elections still to be announced. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition parties divided ahead of elections
    27 november 2001 10:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese opposition parties are divided on whether to participate or boycott the 2002 general and presidential elections, informed sources said in Brazzaville Monday. Full text...

  • Govt announces new electoral law for Congo Brazzaville
    25 november 2001 19:09:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville's National Transitional Council has announced a new electoral law setting guidelines for the electorate and candidates. Full text...

  • Deadline fixed for candidatures in Zambian presidential election
    25 november 2001 15:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set 30 November as deadline for presidential aspirants to file their candidatures. Full text...

  • Zambian Electoral Commission considering Braille balloting
    23 november 2001 21:17:00
    Chililabombwe- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian Electoral Commission says it is considering the introduction of Braille polls system in future for the benefit of blind voters in the country. Full text...

  • Madagascar gets 600 new polling stations
    23 november 2001 16:54:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy Interior Ministry has announced the creation of 600 additional polling stations for the country's next presidential elections on 16 December. Full text...

  • EU grants Togo $1.3 million for parliamentary elections
    23 november 2001 15:53:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The European Union is to grant Togo 1. Full text...

  • EU funds voter-education campaigns in Zambia
    23 november 2001 13:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The electoral unit of the European Union (EUEU) has said that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) being funded to carry out various voter education campaigns in the country are doing a good job. Full text...

  • Zambian Electoral Commission calls for nominations
    22 november 2001 18:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has fixed 27-30 November for the submission of nomination papers by candidates contesting the country's presidential poll slated for 27 December. Full text...

  • Zambians heave sigh of relief as election date is announced
    22 november 2001 16:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians Thursday heaved a sigh of relief as President Frederick Chiluba announced the country's presidential, parliamentary and local elections for 27 December. Full text...

  • Chiluba sets 27 December as polling date
    22 november 2001 14:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians go to the polls on 27 December to vote in presidential, parliamentary and local government elections, President Frederick Chiluba said Thursday. Full text...

  • Lobby group speaks out against paying fees to monitor elections
    21 november 2001 13:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's lobby group, Coalition 2001, has called on opposition parties in the country to rally behind election monitors who are lobbying the Electoral Commission of Zambia to rescind its poor decision to introduce registration fees for monitoring elections. Full text...

  • Local NGOs vow to monitor general elections despite odds
    20 november 2001 23:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some local NGOs Tuesday said they would monitor the upcoming presidential and general elections in Zambia despite obstacles they face to raise money for accreditation fees introduced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO condemns protest against election delay
    20 november 2001 10:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia Independent Monitoring Team (ZIMT), an NGO, has dismissed as premature, calls by some opposition parties for demonstration against the perceived delay by President Frederick Chiluba to announce the time-table for the next national elections. Full text...

  • Chiluba predicts victory for successor
    15 november 2001 22:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Outgoing Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Thursday predicted that his chosen successor, Levy Mwanawasa, would romp to victory in presidential elections widely expected to be held next month. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition advocates constitutional reform
    14 november 2001 20:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ahead of council, parliamentary and presidential elections due before the end of the year, Zambia's opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has pledged to carry out constitutional reforms if given the mandate to govern. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Opposition Ready for 2002 Polls
    12 november 2001 17:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Opposition leader John Fru Ndi has announced his Social Democratic Front party's readiness to take part in Cameroon's municipal and parliamentary elections in 2002 despite what he called "bad electoral laws". Full text...

  • Zambia to make money from election observers
    11 november 2001 15:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has fixed an accreditation fee of 150,000 kwacha (39 US dollars) for international observers and 10,000 kwacha (2. Full text...

  • Opposition parties in Congo shun voters' roster
    08 november 2001 22:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Opposition parties in Congo have rejected a government request for them to help review the national voters' roster established by the interior ministry following an administrative census. Full text...

  • Zambians want Chiluba to announce election date
    08 november 2001 12:03:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians are mounting pressure on President Frederick Chiluba to end his political game of hiding from the electorate the date for the upcoming presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • Antananarivo Mayor's backers to form support committee
    07 november 2001 22:21:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Political parties and political associations backing Marc Ravalomanana in the 16 December presidential election in Madagascar are mobilising to create a support committee. Full text...

  • 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...

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