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South Sudan: some spoilers want peace to fail, putting 2024 elections...

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South Sudan is expected to hold its first general election in December 2024. It became an independent state in 2011. The long overdue election is...

Election violence in Nigeria’s south east is threatening to derail voting...

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Violence is a perennial feature of elections in Nigeria. It happens across the three stages of the electoral cycle – before, on and after...

Elections, water, cyber shutdowns, peacekeeping pose risks in 2022

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As the new year arrives, security experts are closely watching certain conflict hot spots and tracking long-term trends that threaten to boil over. Recurring...

World powers press for Libya elections but disputes remain

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World powers will push for sanctions against anyone who disrupts Libya's electoral process and political transition, they said in Paris on Friday, though big...

Guinea junta bars its members from running in next elections

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Guinea's junta said on Monday its members are barred from standing in the next national or local elections, and that it will agree on...

UN-backed Libya talks fail to reach consensus on elections

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UN-sponsored talks aimed at paving the way for elections in Libya in late December failed to find common ground, the deputy of the United...

Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections

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Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country's first free...

Malians to vote next February

Mali will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 27 next year to restore a democratic government after last year's military coup, the transitional...

ISS: A third election without main opposition parties in Benin

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Political exclusion ahead of the vote is a strategy by incumbents in West Africa to guarantee re-election. On 11 April, Benin will hold its seventh...

Kenyan court says police to blame for death of girl after...

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A Kenyan inquest has ruled that police are to blame for the death of a 9-year-old girl during violence after the 2017 elections, saying...

Central African Republic votes amid tight security after December violence

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Almost all polling stations in Central African Republic were able to open for a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, the electoral body...

Central African Republic braces for tense elections amid conflict

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Central African Republic will vote in a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday under high security after a surge in rebel violence surrounding...

Deadly protests rock Niger over contested election result

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Supporters of the losing presidential candidate in Niger set several buildings on fire, burnt tyres and threw rocks at the police on Thursday, as...

ISS: CAR elections expose the depth of the country’s crisis

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Is more robust engagement needed to neutralise armed groups unwilling to give peace a chance? On 27 December 2020, citizens of the Central African Republic...

ISS: Elections and instability as Africa enters 2021

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With ten presidential elections and persistent governance problems, the continent faces another trying year. No fewer than ten presidential elections are planned for 2021 –...

ISS: Niger’s elections are unlikely to break the political deadlock

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As the polls approach, deep divisions focus more on candidates’ personal backgrounds than Niger’s security and development challenges. On 13 and 27 December, some 7.4 million Nigeriens...

Ivory Coast president scores landslide win, opposition cries foul

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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94.27% of the vote, the electoral commission announced early on...

Tanzania president Magufuli seeks second term as polls open

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Tanzanians headed to the polls on Wednesday for presidential and parliamentary elections that President John Magufuli hopes will hand him another five-year term despite...

Guinea President Conde wins re-election in landslide: preliminary results

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Guinea’s President Alpha Conde has won a landslide re-election victory, preliminary results showed on Thursday, giving him a third term in office after a...

Ex-Burundi president gets prison term for 1993 killing of victorious election...

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Burundi’s top court has sentenced a former president to life in prison for the 1993 murder of another president who had defeated him in...

ISS: Tanzania elections set to widen Africa’s democratic deficit

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With the 28 October election around the corner, Tanzania’s opposition has mounted a spirited campaign despite numerous impediments and attempts to discredit them. Their...

Tanzania opposition leader says facing repression as elections near

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Three weeks before elections, the Tanzanian government is getting scared and will do all in its power to stop the opposition, according to Tundu...

Tigray stages elections in defiance of PM Abiy

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region on Wednesday went ahead with regional elections in an act of defiance against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who called the...

Tanzanian president Magufuli to face 14 challengers in October elections

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Tanzanian president John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced on Wednesday, with analysts saying a...

Uganda cracks down on media ahead of elections in 2021, watchdog...

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Uganda’s security forces are cracking down on authors and journalists who challenge the 34-year-old rule of President Yoweri Museveni ahead of elections next year,...

Burundi’s ruling party wins presidential election

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Burundi’s ruling party candidate, retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, has won the presidential election with 69% of votes cast, the electoral commission said on Monday,...

ISS: Could elections lead to another political crisis in Burundi?

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Burundi’s main opposition candidate in this week’s elections, Agathon Rwasa, exudes confidence. His rallies are well attended despite violence meted out against his party...

ISS: Malawi’s court gives electoral justice in Africa a much-needed boost

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Will this week’s Malawi Constitutional Court ruling to annul last year’s presidential election set a precedent for more bravely independent judicial rulings on other...

ISS: Taking social media at (Face)book value in Africa

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Last week Facebook revealed that it had disabled hundreds of fake accounts that had sought to meddle with the electoral processes of eight African...

Ethiopia ready for elections in 2020

Ethiopia will face problems if it delays its general election beyond the scheduled date of May next year, the prime minister said. “Democracy needs...

Small but rare protests in Egypt after online call for dissent

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Hundreds protested in central Cairo and several other Egyptian cities late on Friday against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, responding to an online call for...

Algerians defiant in first protest since election call

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the centre of Algiers on Friday in the first significant test of the months-old protest movement since...

Protesters reject Algerian election announcement

Hundreds of Algerians marched against an election called for December, chanting “we will not vote until the regime men are removed”. The planned vote...

Call for Algerian elections

Algeria’s army chief wants elections later this year to choose a new president after mass protests forced the April resignation of veteran leader Abdelaziz...

Do not delay 2020 elections – Ethiopian opposition

Opposition politicians in Ethiopia warn against a delay to national elections due in 2020 the first under reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed but under...

Mutharika leads in Malawi presidential election

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has so far taken 40.44% of votes cast in the May 21 presidential election with 75% of the vote counted,...

Five hundred soldiers get presiding officer training for elections

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Last week’s national and provincial elections were largely incident-free with security forces, in the form of police and soldiers, widely deployed, but their specialist...

SANDF working to ensure safe elections

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The national defence force is, according to a Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster statement, ready for any eventuality with safety and security...

Security cluster stands ready for 2019 elections

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It is all systems go for the 2019 general elections, says the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS). With only 25 days to go...

U.S. sanctions Congo election officials, says they obstructed vote

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The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing...

Election reform needed in Nigeria

Nigeria’s elections need serious reform after being marred by violence, systemic failings and low turnout according to the European Union observer mission. The EU commented...

Tripoli PM wants Libya elections by year-end

Libya should hold parliamentary and presidential elections by year-end, internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said. The United Nations planned for the North African oil...

ISS: Roots of Nigeria’s election violence

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected for a second term. Nigerians have also elected new members of the National Assembly, and on 9 March,...

Libyan rivals agree on need for national election

Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister Serraj al-Fayez and the military commander of its eastern half Khalifa Haftar, met and agreed national elections are necessary...

Lack of funds could put more than half of Libya local...

At least 69 municipal councils out of 120 in Libya may not hold elections in March due to a lack of funding by the...

Dozens killed, wounded in wake of Congo election results

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The U.N. human rights office said on Friday that it had documented 34 people killed, 59 wounded and 241 "arbitrary arrests" in the Democratic...

DR Congo under mounting foreign pressure for vote recount

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Democratic Republic of Congo faced growing pressure from African neighbours and beyond on Monday for a recount of its contested presidential election in a...

U.S. orders non-emergency staff out of Congo before election

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The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had ordered non-emergency government staff and family members of government employees to leave Democratic Republic of...

ISS: DRC’s flawed elections will probably go ahead

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Martin Fayulu, one of the main opposition candidates in the upcoming Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections, arrived back in Kinshasa this...

DR Congo government must secure polls for election – UN

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With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the...