Politics - Elections
  • 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...

  • 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...

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