Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has called on Mali’s transition government to honor its commitments to its citizens and hold free and fair elections. In a statement issued on Thursday by Mr. Matthew Miller, the Spokesperson for the Department of State, the US said it is "deeply concerned" that [...]
©- - 01 march 2024 - 05:33:42 - thread Politics (524 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President Paul Mashatile on Tuesday launched guidelines for the use of digital and social media in African elections in Johannesburg. The guidelines seek to create awareness among Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and other stakeholders on the benefits and threats of digital and [...]
©- - 27 february 2024 - 08:37:11 - thread Politics (199 words)


Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan’s leaders must carefully navigate the conclusion of the elections set for December, which will mark the end of the political transition, to ensure that peace prevails, a UN rights official said on Monday. The Chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in [...]
©- - 19 february 2024 - 14:31:25 - thread Politics (667 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia opposition party,  United Democratic Party, has condemned Senegalese President Macky Sall’s announcement for postponement of the presidential election scheduled for 25th February, 2024, at the eleventh hour on 3rd February 2024. A statement made available on Monday stated that the UDP firmly believed that given [...]
©- - 05 february 2024 - 19:48:14 - thread Politics (224 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall announced on Saturday that he has repealed the decree calling for presidential election on 25 February, pending the results of a parliamentary commission of enquiry aimed at clarifying the conditions under which certain candidacies were declared inadmissible. The opposition Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) [...]
©- - 03 february 2024 - 16:34:52 - thread Politics (617 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall on Saturday announced the repeal of a decree calling for elections on 25 February. This means the presidential election can no longer be held on that date, plunging the country into a period of uncertainty. The Senegalese head of state, who was addressing his [...]
©- - 03 february 2024 - 16:09:31 - thread Politics (226 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan National Electoral Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, has hailed the role of the media in voter education in the country. He was speaking on Friday in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, at a workshop on the media and their role [...]
©- - 03 february 2024 - 15:53:11 - thread Politics (291 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, has briefed the deputy Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Moussa al-Kouni, on his recent meetings with the Libyan political parties to reconcile their points of view to overcome the political impasse and create the conditions necessary [...]
©- - 02 february 2024 - 18:57:46 - thread Politics (390 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At a time when the Libyan political process is bogged down in a new impasse, a US delegation led by the US special envoy to Libya, Ambassador Richard Norland, has been holding a series of meetings with the players in the Libyan crisis since Tuesday. The aim [...]
©- - 25 january 2024 - 19:24:18 - thread Politics (1787 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan prime minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdulhamid al Dbaiba, has reaffirmed his acceptance of dialogue aimed at achieving elections in accordance with fair laws to end the transitional stages in Libya. He was alluding to the initiative launched by the Special Representative of [...]
©- - 25 january 2024 - 16:21:25 - thread Politics (401 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Prime Minister of the government of national unity, Abdulhamid al Dbaiba, has reaffirmed his government's commitment to end the transitional phases via elections based on fair electoral laws. Mr. al Dbaiba declared: "The slogan of the government of national unity is to move towards stability [...]
©- - 23 january 2024 - 15:47:58 - thread Politics (278 words)


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday encouraged President Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo to address the concerns raised by election observation missions during the controversial elections on 20 December 2023 by taking steps to promote confidence in the democratic process going forward. A statement [...]
©- - 22 january 2024 - 20:33:04 - thread Politics (339 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The authorities in Senegal have cracked down on the opposition, media, and civil society, ahead of general elections scheduled for 25 February, 2024, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. In a report, the human rights watchdog urged the authorities to "effectively investigate" all violence by the security [...]
©- - 22 january 2024 - 08:28:14 - thread Politics (1249 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has appealed for restraint in the wake of protests and heightened tensions following Sunday’s presidential election in the Comoros. Incumbent president of the island archipelago off the east African coast, Azali Assoumani, was re-elected for a fourth term. [...]
©- - 18 january 2024 - 07:07:51 - thread Politics (271 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A seven-member Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for Burundi has been sworn into office. They comprise Prospère Ntahorwamiye, recently appointed head of the CENI, Mrs. Victoire Nahimana, vice-president; Mrs. Odette Bizumuremyi, in charge of Finance and Administration; and François Bizimana, in charge of Communication and Electoral Education; [...]
©- - 17 january 2024 - 15:47:18 - thread Politics (379 words)


Washington, DC, US (PANA) - With the Constitutional Court in DR Congo validating the results of last month's elections that gave victory to President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, the US is stressing that the important task of building national cohesion now calls for "leadership, accountability, and inclusivity at all levels". In a [...]
©- - 12 january 2024 - 06:27:39 - thread Politics (243 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Democracy is in the spotlight this year with more than 60 countries due to hold elections which governments must ensure are free and fair, the UN’s top human rights official said on Tuesday. Polls are happening in the next 12 months from Azerbaijan to the United States [...]
©- - 10 january 2024 - 06:04:13 - thread Politics (125 words)


Goma, DRC (PANA) – Security forces laid a siege on the residence of DRC presidential candidate Moise Katumbi on Monday, sparking outrage from supporters, who chanted political slogans, his aides said. Armoured military vehicles took strategic positions around the home of the opposition candidate who emerged third in the presidential election [...]
©- - 09 january 2024 - 09:15:58 - thread Politics (527 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Manfi, has affirmed his optimism that the initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, will help to break the political deadlock and lead to transparent elections. He was speaking during a meeting on Wednesday at [...]
©- - 21 december 2023 - 12:55:36 - thread Politics (492 words)


New York, US (PANA) - As polls opened in the Democratoc Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday in presidential, legislative, provincial, and municipal elections, the UN chief has called for a peaceful and inclusive process that will put the country on a parth of economic prosperity. Mr. Antonio Guterres, in a [...]
©- - 20 december 2023 - 06:07:21 - thread Politics (291 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United States Representative to the United Nations Security Council, John Kelley, has denounced Libyan protagonists who are undermining efforts to reach a settlement to the crisis and are thus continuing to delay the process leading to free and transparent elections. Addressing a Security Council session on [...]
©- - 19 december 2023 - 11:34:41 - thread Politics (634 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Commander of the Western Military Region in Libya, Major-General Osama Al-Jouweili, has reaffirmed his commitment to unifying the military establishment and ensuring the security of the electoral operation. He made this pledge during a meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the [...]
©- - 15 december 2023 - 16:57:47 - thread Politics (292 words)


New York, US (PANA) - South Sudan is in no position to hold free, fair, or secure elections slated for December next year, the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) said on Thursday, but stressed that there’s still time to catch up. Briefing ambassadors at the UN Security [...]
©- - 15 december 2023 - 06:37:00 - thread Politics (502 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The decision by Libya's various stakeholders to honour an invitation to the meeting table of the five official institutions convened by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Abdoulaye Bathily, to discuss electoral laws to pave the way for the holding of general elections, and [...]
©- - 14 december 2023 - 20:52:18 - thread Politics (1765 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The First Deputy Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (Parliament), Fawzi Al-Nouwairi, accompanied by the Second Deputy Speaker, Mesbah Douma, discussed with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, the latest developments in the [...]
©- - 13 december 2023 - 17:58:15 - thread Politics (471 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Head of State Evariste Ndayishimiye on Monday signed a decree appointing a new seven-member Independent National Electoral Commission    (INEC). It is chaired by Prosper Ntahorwamiye, the former spokesman and secretary general of the government. An official communique named other members as Victoire Nahimana (Vice-Chairwoman); Odette Bizumuremyi, [...]
©- - 12 december 2023 - 11:17:22 - thread Politics (297 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, has announced that he has agreed with the leader of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to address issues related to the political process and to work towards facilitating the organisation of elections "in the near future". "I [...]
©- - 12 december 2023 - 10:56:16 - thread Politics (251 words)


New York, US (PANA) - With just nine days to go for the presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the situation is one of progress in the electoral process on one hand and escalating insecurity on the other, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the [...]
©- - 12 december 2023 - 05:53:57 - thread Politics (489 words)


Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Resident Abroad, Nasser Bourita, reaffirmed on Thursday in Rabat that the organisation of presidential and legislative elections is a fundamental process for meeting the expectations and aspirations of the Libyan people. "There is now an opportunity that [...]
©- - 08 december 2023 - 15:14:02 - thread Politics (234 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Manfi, has reaffirmed the Presidential Council's strategy of reconciling the Libyan parties through policies of "positive neutrality". He also reaffirmed supporting active participation in dialogue in a "broad-based manner to create the greatest consensus, strengthen stability and prevent the [...]
©- - 05 december 2023 - 14:18:38 - thread Politics (306 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, has met with a group of leading figures from the "Febrayer" Movement, representing different sectors of Libyan society. This is part of his efforts to mobilise more support for the efforts of the United Nations [...]
©- - 01 december 2023 - 12:21:15 - thread Politics (490 words)


Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Legislative and regional elections will be held in Togo "by the end of the first quarter of 2024 at the latest", announced the Togolese government in a statement received by PANA in Lomé on Wednesday. According to the government, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) will soon [...]
©- - 29 november 2023 - 20:46:52 - thread Politics (172 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, has reiterated that his country continues to support the efforts of the United Nations to resolve the institutional crisis in Libya. At a joint press conference with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and [...]
©- - 24 november 2023 - 16:30:11 - thread Politics (658 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and France have urged the political parties in Libya to take advantage of the appeal by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily, to resolve the political [...]
©- - 24 november 2023 - 15:37:42 - thread Politics (287 words)


  Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's leaders Thursday  agreed to "work to overcome the political impasse through a joint mechanism that includes the political parties, with the aim of concluding an electoral operation". This occurred during a meeting held Wednesday by members of the Presidential Council, Abdallah al-Lafi and Moussa al-Kouni, with [...]
©- - 23 november 2023 - 17:19:57 - thread Politics (253 words)


Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC) on Monday formally declared opposition leader Joseph Boakai as winner of the 14 November presidential runoff vote. NEC chairperson, Davidetta Browne-Lansanah, said Boakai, 78, garnered 50.64% of the total votes while President George Weah had 49.36%. President Weah, 47, of the Coalition for [...]
©- - 21 november 2023 - 07:31:12 - thread Politics (177 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The deputy chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Moussa al-Kouni, has reaffirmed that elections are an "irreplaceable project" for stability despite the challenges being encountered. He was speaking in Tripoli on Monday at a conference on the theme of "Libyan elections, the challenges of reality and prospects [...]
©- - 20 november 2023 - 17:57:20 - thread Politics (282 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has commended the Government and people of Liberia for the "calm and peaceful" 2023 presidential and legislative elections that ended last week with the presidential runoff.  These were the first general elections since the closing of the United Nations Mission in [...]
©- - 20 november 2023 - 05:42:06 - thread Politics (292 words)


Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s President Goerge Weah has conceded victory to his longtime political rival, former vice President Joseph Boakai, even before the official announcement of results of their tightly fought 14 November presidential run-off contest, thereby demonstrating good sportsmanship as an ex-World footballer. In his concession speech, Weah, 47, [...]
©- - 18 november 2023 - 06:58:13 - thread Politics (888 words)


Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's President George Weah on Friday night conceded defeat to opposition leader Joseph Boakai in the 14 November presidential election and congratulated him on his victory. The Liberia National Election Commission said with 99.58% of the votes declared on Friday, Mr. Boakai, 78, of the Unity Party [...]
©- - 18 november 2023 - 05:44:00 - thread Politics (403 words)


Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's President George Weah on Friday night conceded defeat to opposition leader and former vice president Joseph Boakai in the 14 November presidential election and congratulated him for his victory. The Liberia National Election Commission said with 99.58% of the votes declared on Friday, Mr. Boakai, 78, [...]
©- - 18 november 2023 - 05:21:31 - thread Politics (124 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan prime minister of the government of national unity, Abdulhamid Al Dbaiba, has reiterated to the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, the government's vision of organizing fair elections in accordance with fair laws. He also underlined the willingness of the [...]
©- - 14 november 2023 - 16:43:15 - thread Politics (763 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission is urging Liberians to ensure a successful presidential run-off as the country returns to the polls on 14 November to conclude the election for the top post.  In a media note to UN correspondents in New York on Thursday, the Commission called on [...]
©- - 10 november 2023 - 08:17:59 - thread Politics (367 words)


Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US on Wednesday announced that it is advancing its new policy on African Democratic Transitions (ADAPT) initiative to support the people of Guinea in their transition to democratic governance by 1 January, 2025.  It said in a statement by the Department of State that "ADAPT [...]
©- - 09 november 2023 - 08:10:47 - thread Politics (222 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdulhamid Al Dbaiba, has discussed with the Chairman of the Libyan High National Electoral Commission, Imad Al-Sayeh, the issue of implementing national elections on the basis of fair laws. At a meeting in Tripoli on Monday, attended [...]
©- - 06 november 2023 - 17:52:43 - thread Politics (263 words)


Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Saturday elected vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as its candidate for the 2024 presidential election after the centre-right party's primaries. According to results announced on Saturday night by a Deputy Commissioner of the Electoral Commission, Siriboe Quaicoe, Dr Bawumia polled [...]
©- - 05 november 2023 - 08:18:19 - thread Politics (356 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Raisedon Zenenga, and the delegation from the High Council of State led by Dr Omar Khaled al-Obaid, Second Vice-Chairman, Friday agreed at a meeting that legal issues are not [...]
©- - 27 october 2023 - 17:26:59 - thread Politics (343 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A delegation from the Libyan High Council of State has agreed with the deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Raisedn Zenenga, that Libya's political partners still need more continuous dialogue and consensus to get the [...]
©- - 26 october 2023 - 18:00:15 - thread Politics (341 words)


Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberia National Elections Commission (NEC) has confirmed that the two top candidates in the first round of the presidential election on 10 October will contest in a run-off as none of the 19 candidates secured more than 50 per cent of votes. Incumbent President George Weah, who [...]
©- - 24 october 2023 - 19:04:28 - thread Politics (158 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Chairman of Libya's High National Electoral Commission, Imad al-Sayeh, Tuesday met with directors and heads of the Commission's technical departments and experts from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to discuss the executive regulations for the country's municipal council elections. The meeting, held in [...]
©- - 24 october 2023 - 15:53:00 - thread Politics (226 words)