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Ghana cancels referendum on politicizing local level elections

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo on Sunday announced that his government was canceling a publicized referendum seeking to politicize local level elections. The referendum was scheduled for December 17 to seek the support of Ghanaians to back the election of local government officials along party lines. But the campaign to politicize local level elections faced opposition in the past few weeks from a section of Ghanaians especially the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress. The opposition party had campaigned for a NO vote on the referendum while the government and…

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Namibia: Incumbent President Geingob wins re-election

Namibia’s incumbent President Hage Geingob has been declared winner of last month’s presidential election. The electoral commission of Namibia said on Saturday that Geingob retained power, winning the election with 56.3% of the vote. His closest rival, a fellow SWAPO party member Panduleni Itula who ran as independent came second with 29.4%. In third place was the leader of the official opposition party, McHenry Venaani who secured 5.3% of the votes. Despite his victory there was a drop in his support base. Geingob secured 87% of votes in the 2014…

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Namibia: Commonwealth says poll was ‘peaceful and orderly’

Namibia’s election on 27 November was carried out in a largely peaceful and orderly manner, according to an interim statement issued by the Commonwealth observers who were deployed to the country. The group noted that the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections – the sixth multiparty elections since Namibia‘s independence – were the most competitive in the country’s electoral history. Issuing the Group’s preliminary statement in Windhoek, the Chair of the Observer Group, former Attorney General of Zambia Musa Mwenye, said: “We observed that the processing of voters remains slow,…

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Guinea Bissau’s President fails to make it to run-off poll

Guinea Bissau’s incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz has failed to advance to the second round of voting in presidential election, finishing in a distant fourth. Results announced on Wednesday rather put two former Guinea-Bissau prime ministers in the lead. They would contest the presidential run-off vote. The electoral commission said Domingos Simoes Pereira finished first with 40% and Umaro Cissoko Embalo came second with 28% in the November 24 first-round poll. Commission president Jose Pedro Sambu told reporters that the presidential run-off will take place on December 29. This is…

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Namibians vote in crucial presidential and parliamentary polls

Namibians went to the polls on Wednesday to vote for a new president and parliamentarians in elections considered crucial and anticipated to be tight. The ruling Swapo party has been in power since independence from South Africa in 1990 and is expected to prolong that hold on power. Incumbent President Hage Geingob who is the country’s third leader since independence is seeking a second and final term in office. He is facing opposition from Namibia’s first female presidential candidate, Esther Muinjangue as well as Panduleni Itula, who is a member…

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Esther Muinjangue: Namibia’s first female candidate for president

On Wednesday Namibians will be heading to the polls and Esther Muinjangue will be the country’s first female presidential candidate in the election. She will be leading her National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) party into the election hoping the 2.45 million citizens will give her a chance to lead the country. In an interview with AFP she said she feels a “wind of change” blowing in her country. “You hear a lot of people complaining about the (ruling) SWAPO-led government,” she said adding that “There was apathy among the youth.”…

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Guinea Bissau holds presidential poll after political chaos

Voters in Guinea Bissau are choosing a new president in Sunday’s presidential election after weeks of political chaos. More than 760,000 voters have registered to take part in the poll that opened at 07:00 GMT and will close at 17:00 GMT. There were violent protests ahead of Sunday’s elections after the incumbent president Jose Mario Vaz sacked his entire government last month. President Jose Mario Vaz, 61, is also seeking re-election for a second term. He still remains popular among a section of voters. Analysts however say the front-runner is…

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Commonwealth group in Sri Lanka ahead of election

A group deployed by the Commonwealth to observe the presidential election in Sri Lanka has called on stakeholders to demonstrate commitment to a “peaceful, transparent, credible and inclusive” poll. The Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), whose members are drawn from various Commonwealth regions with backgrounds ranging from political, electoral, civil society and human rights as well as legal fields, was invited by the Sri Lankan Election Commission to observe the 16 November poll. The COG will receive briefings from relevant stakeholders including election management officials, representatives of political parties, civil society groups,…

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Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS forces newly appointed PM to resign

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has forced Guinea-Bissau’s newly appointed Prime Minister Faustino Fudut Imbali to resign. ECOWAS had given Guinea-Bissau an ultimatum to reverse the sacking of the country’s previous prime minister, Aristides Gomes. President Jose Mario Vaz named Imbali prime minister last week after sacking his entire cabinet but the sacked prime minister Aristides Gomes refused to step down. Gomes’ decision triggered a political crisis compounding the tension in the country ahead of a presidential election. President Vaz justified the sacking of the government saying it was…

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Guinea Bissau President ‘sacks his government’

President of Guinea Bissau Jose Mario Vaz on Monday sacked his entire government. He said the sacking was “with immediate effect.” The President’s decision was read out on national radio. President Vaz justified the sacking of the government saying it was as a result of a “serious political crisis” in the country. The radio announcement said the president considers the crisis serious which had “prevented the normal operation of some institutions”. Elections are due in Guinea Bissau next month and the latest move cast doubts over that process. Over the…

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