Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's outgoing President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has been re-lected in the first round with 1,654,982 or 57.87% of the ballot against 442,742 votes, or 15.48% for Eddie Komboïgo, candidate of Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP). In third place is Zéphirin Diabré, leader of [...]
©- - 26 november 2020 - 14:06:51 - thread Politics (228 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese deputy prime minister, Firmin Ayessa, opened Wednesday in Madingou, more than 250 km southwest of the capital, a consultative meeting for political actors and civil society to discuss preparations for the 2021 presidential election, the state-run radio announced. More than 100 political actors and members [...]
©- - 25 november 2020 - 18:27:54 - thread Politics (557 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Presidential Council has allocated 50 million dinars (approximately US$ 36.23 million) to enable the Libyan High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) to prosecute the presidential and parliamentary elections, scheduled for December 24, 2021. In a decree published on Wednesday, the Presidential Council specified that the money was [...]
©- - 25 november 2020 - 17:44:04 - thread Politics (195 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Alliance of Political Parties and Political Organisations of the Presidential Majority (APMP) considers shortcomings and flaws that marred the conduct of Sunday's elections in Burkina Faso "cannot reflect any desire to undermine the sincerity of the election," one of its members, Benésendé Sankara, said [...]
©- - 24 november 2020 - 13:57:48 - thread Politics (380 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Counting is continuing in Burkina Faso after Sunday's presidential and parliamentary  elections. The compilation of the results is being done within the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).  The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has estimated the provisional turnout at between 38 and 40 per cent. The [...]
©- - 23 november 2020 - 08:28:00 - thread Politics (163 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch said on Monday that at least four people were killed by the state forces who also and carried out other serious abuses that marred the national elections in late October and early November 2020. The human rights watchdog said in a statement that the [...]
©- - 23 november 2020 - 07:18:01 - thread Politics (655 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Polling stations opened Sunday at 6 a.m. in several localities throughout the country for the presidential and legislative elections, PANA noted here. "This Sunday, November 22, 2020, Burkinabe are called to the polls to elect the president of Burkina Faso for the five-year term 2021-2025, as [...]
©- - 22 november 2020 - 10:57:58 - thread Politics (374 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Campaigns for next Sunday's  presidential and legislative polls in Burkina Faso, which began on October 31, end Friday midnight. Over six million registered voters will head to polling stations to elect the country's next president and 127 members of parliament. Around 23,108 Burkinabè residing abroad will for [...]
©- - 20 november 2020 - 15:37:05 - thread Politics (197 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The holding of general elections, as a solution unanimously agreed by Libyans and which could bring the country out of the crisis by overcoming contentious and divergent issues, was imposed in Libya after first round of the inter-Libyan political dialogue. This position was taken without resolving the [...]
©- - 20 november 2020 - 14:56:04 - thread Politics (1347 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso opposition leader Zéphirin Diabré Wednesday declared he would reject the declaration of provisional results by  the national independent electoral commission (CENI) a day after the poll. "Burkina is not obliged to beat the record of speed in terms of proclamation of results as the [...]
©- - 18 november 2020 - 22:17:35 - thread Politics (289 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday deployed a team of 80 observers to witness the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 22 November 2020, an official source said here. The team comprises 10 long-term and 70 short-term observers. The mission of the regional organisation, [...]
©- - 18 november 2020 - 21:16:41 - thread Politics (378 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The High National Electoral Commission in Libya (HNEC) has received an official invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso to monitor Sunday's parliamentary and presidential elections in Burkina Faso. The invitation was transmitted during a meeting between the president of the HNEC, Imed al-Sayeh, and [...]
©- - 18 november 2020 - 16:19:56 - thread Politics (220 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Participants in the Libyan political Dialogue Forum have agreed to hold national elections on 24 December 2021, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced here Friday. According to a statement issued by UNSMIL and copied to PANA, the decision was announced by the Acting Special [...]
©- - 14 november 2020 - 10:52:25 - thread Politics (203 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - General elections will be held in Libya on 24 December 2021, according to the choice of the participants in the forum for inter-Libyan dialogue hosted in Tunis, reliable sources said here Friday. The decision is expected to be announced by the acting Special Representative of the UN [...]
©- - 13 november 2020 - 23:19:33 - thread Politics (309 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 85 people lost their lives in the violence that erupted after the presidential election on October 31 in Côte d'Ivoire, the spokesman of the Ivorian government, Sidi Touré, announced at the end of the council of ministers meeting The election was won by [...]
©- - 11 november 2020 - 17:03:39 - thread Politics (233 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The people of Tanzania should be allowed to express grievances “without fear of reprisals” after nationwide elections, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.  In a statement, the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she had been disturbed by reports of continued intimidation and harassment [...]
©- - 10 november 2020 - 19:45:48 - thread Politics (499 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Sunday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden saying Americans have bestowed trust on him by electing him the 46th President of the United States of America. In his message, Masisi said that Biden's  victory is a clear testament of the trust and confidence [...]
©- - 08 november 2020 - 18:27:10 - thread Politics (238 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, has congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their victory in the U.S. presidential election, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohamed al-Gueblawi said. In a tweet on the Chairman's behalf, [...]
©- - 08 november 2020 - 13:03:02 - thread Politics (147 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – President John Pombe Magufuli on Thursday took the oath of office to lead Tanzania for another five-year term, pledging to work hard to implement the promises he made during the election campaign. The swearing-in ceremony at Jamhuri Stadium in the capital, Dodoma, was witnessed by [...]
©- - 05 november 2020 - 13:22:26 - thread Politics (273 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA)- UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the violence in Côte d'Ivoire and called for respect of constitutional order in the West African country, according to a UN briefing note issued on Wednesday. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced Tuesday provisional results declaring outgoing president, Alassane Ouattara, winner [...]
©- - 04 november 2020 - 14:22:14 - thread Politics (376 words)


Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The Ugandan Opposition has faced harassment on the second and last day of the submission of nomination papers to the Electoral Commission, the local media reported on Tuesday.  Patrick Oboi Amuriat of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), arrived for his nomination barefoot after losing [...]
©- - 03 november 2020 - 21:51:14 - thread Politics (321 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called for "an open, constructive and inclusive dialogue" between the Government of Tanzania, opposition political parties and civil society following last week's controversial elections won by President John Pombe Magufuli and his CCM party. A statement issued on Monday by the [...]
©- - 03 november 2020 - 12:46:46 - thread Politics (386 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) Saturday called on the Ivorian authorities to ensure respect for human rights before, during and after the elections. The call is in response to acts of violence and attacks on fundamental freedoms that marred the electoral campaign in Côte d 'Ivoire in the run-up [...]
©- - 31 october 2020 - 15:39:35 - thread Politics (335 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Campaigning for Burkina Faso's presidential and legislative elections on 22 November began on Saturday and will end on 20 November. Thirteen candidates, including the incumbent President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, are contesting for the presidency while 10,652 candidates are competing for 127 seats at the National Assembly. These [...]
©- - 31 october 2020 - 12:15:45 - thread Politics (186 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday deployed a 90-member observer mission to Côte d'Ivoire for the presidential election, scheduled to take place on October 31, 2020. "In the message of support and encouragement delivered at the deployment of the mission, Dr Remi [...]
©- - 30 october 2020 - 18:30:36 - thread Politics (316 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s opposition presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu, said on Thursday that his party rejects the results being released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC), saying Wednesday's poll was "not free and fair". Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, Lissu claimed that votes were being stuffed at [...]
©- - 30 october 2020 - 09:02:11 - thread Politics (249 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Incumbent John Pombe Magufuli of CCM party is on track for an overwhelming victory in Tanzania’s presidential election as the count so far puts him ahead of his closest rival, Tundu Lissu of opposition Chadema party, according to early results released on Thursday. Initial results [...]
©- - 29 october 2020 - 14:27:49 - thread Politics (370 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Electoral observers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrived Wednesday in Abidjan prior to the 31 October presidential election, the sub-regional institution said. Ten long-term observers have already been deployed over the past two weeks and held consultations with political actors, a statement [...]
©- - 28 october 2020 - 20:49:46 - thread Politics (149 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Counting of ballots is underway in Tanzania on Wednesday after general elections that the opposition claims were flawed. Internet users also complained that the Internet was blocked in the East African country.  Voting was generally smooth as the electorate elected the country’s president, members of parliament [...]
©- - 28 october 2020 - 18:44:54 - thread Politics (211 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Voting started smoothly in Tanzania on Wednesday to elect the country’s president, members of parliament and councilors, with minor hiccups reported in some areas. Voters began queuing at polling stations from as early as 6 o’clock in the morning local time (03:00 GMT) in various [...]
©- - 28 october 2020 - 14:26:21 - thread Politics (381 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Long queues have formed at polling stations across Tanzania as the East African country votes on Wednesday in general elections. President John Pombe Magufuli, who is standing on the ticket of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) "Party of the Revolution", has cast his ballot in the [...]
©- - 28 october 2020 - 11:09:06 - thread Politics (267 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Polls have opened in Tanzania where voters are electing a president, members of parliament and councillors. Some 29 million voters have registered for the election in which 16 candidates are contesting Wednesday's presidential election in the east African nation, according to the National Electoral Commission (NEC). The [...]
©- - 28 october 2020 - 07:11:33 - thread Politics (210 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General has called on everyone involved in Tanzania's political process to ensure that Wednesday’s general elections are held in a safe, inclusive and peaceful manner, amid reports of intimidation and harassment of political opponents, journalists and activists.  In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General Antonio [...]
©- - 27 october 2020 - 17:00:49 - thread Politics (312 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanians, in their thousands, are set to cast their votes on Wednesday to elect the country’s president, members of parliament and councillors. At least 29 million voters have registered for the election in which 16 candidates are contesting the presidential election in the 28 October [...]
©- - 26 october 2020 - 13:20:47 - thread Politics (477 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has called on all Tanzanian political parties to work together diligently to enable inclusive, transparent, peaceful and credible elections, when citizens of the United Republic will elect on 28 October their President, Members of the parliaments of the Union and [...]
©- - 23 october 2020 - 06:22:56 - thread Politics (204 words)


Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Violent clashes have broke out on Wednesday in Lambagni, a northern neighbourhood in the upper suburbs of the Guinean capital, between groups of young people claiming to be from the ruling People's Rally of Guinea (RPG, Arc-en-Ciel) and the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG), [...]
©- - 21 october 2020 - 19:18:45 - thread Politics (533 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Monday congratulated the citizens of Zawiya South, Al-Harraba, Jadou and Kabaw for electing their municipal councilors, praising their determination to exercise their democratic rights. In a series of tweets, UNSMIL also praised "the job of the central commission for the [...]
©- - 19 october 2020 - 20:44:53 - thread Politics (227 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said here Monday it had noted the persistence of points of disagreement in the Ivorian electoral process. This, it noted, related particularly to the complaint of the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI) and the [...]
©- - 19 october 2020 - 20:22:03 - thread Politics (528 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Friday officially launched in Conakry its short-term electoral observation mission to the 18 October presidential election in Guinea. The mission, which will be chaired by Jose Maria Neves, former Cape Verdean prime minister, is in line with the [...]
©- - 16 october 2020 - 21:05:05 - thread Politics (369 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Opposition candidates Henri Konan Bédié (PDCI) and Pascal Affi N'Guessan (FPI) Thursday called on their supporters to boycott the October 31 presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire, just hours before the opening of the election campaign. The two candidates opposed to the current president, Alassane Ouattara, who [...]
©- - 15 october 2020 - 22:17:27 - thread Politics (176 words)


Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Citizens' Coalition for Elections and Governance (COCEG), announced in a statement the deployment of some 750 observers for the presidential election, scheduled for Sunday in Guinea. The COGEG explains that it is for "a transparent ballot" with results, reliable and verified information, that it has decided [...]
©- - 15 october 2020 - 18:08:43 - thread Politics (297 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Electioneering campaign for Burkina Faso's November 22 presidential election runs from Saturday, October 31 through to Friday, November 20, the Burkinabe government announced Thursday. The government has also decided to release 280,000,000 CFA francs, to be divided equally among the candidates, as its contribution for the [...]
©- - 15 october 2020 - 18:01:42 - thread Politics (123 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chairman of the Libyan National High Electoral Commission (NHEC), Imed Al-Sayeh, held talks here Monday with the European Union ambassador in Libya, José Sabadell, on plans for future international support for the commission to ensure the success of the next elections. The meeting “reviewed the preparations [...]
©- - 12 october 2020 - 21:04:17 - thread Politics (264 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Given the history of intercommunal violence in Guinea, two high-level UN Officials have voiced concern over the risk of “incitement to hostility, discrimination or violence” as the country gears up for elections on 18 October. “There are already serious indications of rising intolerance and confrontation, including among [...]
©- - 08 october 2020 - 06:21:43 - thread Politics (411 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Commission charged with the responsibility to screen candidatures for the Presidential Election in Burkina Faso began work on Tuesday, official sources said. In plenary and in the presence of all candidates or their representatives, the commission warned that it must receive valid documents from candidates [...]
©- - 06 october 2020 - 17:54:19 - thread Politics (296 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - One of the useful lessons to be drawn from the unfolding political and security crises in Mali is the imperative for proactivity, backchannel diplomacy, and effective use of early warning tools in conflict prevention, management, and resolution. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has an [...]
©- - 05 october 2020 - 08:47:27 - thread Politics (1520 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - More than 30 municipalities in Libya's western and southern regions will hold municipal council elections by the end of this year, a spokesman for the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections, Bassem al-Moudi, has announced. In a statement on Saturday night on the private Libyan television channel, [...]
©- - 04 october 2020 - 13:03:10 - thread Politics (230 words)


Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government has indefinitely suspended elections due to COVID-19 concerns, a move many citizens and opposition parties have dismissed as a ruse for authoritarianism. The move has proven timely as Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance (formerly MDC-T) led by Thokozani Khupe, armed with a March [...]
©- - 03 october 2020 - 14:43:34 - thread Politics (681 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General has called for parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to prioritise national dialogue and consensus-building ahead of elections scheduled to begin in December.  “The coming period will be decisive for the country,” António Guterres told a high-level meeting on the country, held on [...]
©- - 02 october 2020 - 06:11:43 - thread Politics (462 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Monday began receiving applications from candidates wishing to run for the presidency in the November 22 polls, PANA learned from official sources. The contenders have until October 2 to submit their applications. Two independent candidates were the first to [...]
©- - 28 september 2020 - 16:32:17 - thread Politics (96 words)