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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...

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