Burundi commences election, disconnects social media access

Posted by - May 20, 2020

A crucial election has begun in Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after 15 years in charge but he will remain “paramount leader” in the country that continues to reject outside scrutiny. The East African nation blocked social media platforms as voters exercised voting rights. The BBC confirmed that Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter

Mozambique Election: Tension as Citizens Fear Post-election Violence

Posted by - October 17, 2019

Voters in Mozambique are wary of the possibility of post-election violence, following the decision by the electoral commission to not publish provisional results. The electoral body indicated that it will only release the final results within the mandated 15-day period following Tuesday’s vote. ‘‘The official electoral results could take a long time to come out,

Vote Count Underway in Tunisia

Posted by - September 16, 2019

Polling booths have closed in Tunisia in what is the country’s second free presidential poll since the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-president Ben Ali. Out of an estimated 7 million voters, exit polls suggest turn out was at 45%. Surprisingly, two independent outsiders seem to have done well in the first round of votes and

Osun election: NYSC DG debunks rumour of hijacked electoral materials

Posted by - September 25, 2018

The Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Suleman Kazaure, on Tuesday, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the corps members, who worked as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, in the last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State. The DG, however, denied the rumour that a corps member absconded

Election: Zimbabweans turn up enmass to vote new leaders

Posted by - July 30, 2018

Zimbabweans today, turned out in their numbers to vote for a new president, parliamentarians and councillors. The election is considered the most critical after the one in 1980 as it is the first since the removal of Robert Mugabe, who is viewed by many as the author of the economic problems in the country. Reports

Kenya: Raila Odinga says political exclusion is tearing the country apart

Posted by - November 10, 2017

Kenya’s main opposition leader said on Thursday that anger over last month’s presidential election ran so deep it threatened to tear the country apart. Raila Odinga boycotted the Oct. 25 election because he said it would be unfair, leaving President Uhuru Kenyatta to win with 98 percent of the vote. The Supreme Court called the

Kenya election crisis: Raila Odinga’s sister, others charged for inciting violence

Posted by - October 23, 2017

Kenyan prosecutors will charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga and an opposition senator with incitement to violence after attacks on election board, the chief prosecutor’s office said on Monday. Odinga has been due to compete against incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat presidential election on Oct. 26, but pulled out earlier this

Senior election official resigns and flees in Kenya amidst crisis

Posted by - October 18, 2017

A top Kenyan election commissioner has quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a “mockery” of democracy. The resignation of Roselyn Akombe, one of seven election board commissioners, is likely to be seized upon by the opposition to bolster

Kenya government bans protests from city centers as tension soars

Posted by - October 12, 2017

Kenya announced a ban on Thursday on demonstrations in the central business districts of key cities including Nairobi amid a deepening stand-off between the ruling party and the opposition over a presidential election re-run. Internal Security Minister Fred Matiang‘i said protesters who violated the ban in Nairobi, the western city of Kisumu and the coastal