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Guinea: Vote counting underway in tense presidential poll

– Advertisement – Counting of ballots in Guinea’s presidential election is underway after citizens cast their vote on Sunday. Provisional results are expected to be announced 72 hours after closure of polling stations. To be declared winner a presidential candidate must secure more than 50% of the vote else there will be a second round on 24 November. Candidates will have eight days to lodge appeals when results are declared. If no appeals are lodged the final results will be deemed uncontested. Twelves candidates contested the presidential election with incumbent…

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Guineans vote in crucial poll as Alpha Condé seeks third term

– Advertisement – Guineans are voting to choose a new president as incumbent Alpha Conde seeks a third term in office. His decision to seek a third term has been controversial after the constitution was amended in a referendum to grant him the opportunity to run again. Conde’s main challenger in Sunday’s election is Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG). Diallo, 68 is a former prime minister who lost to Mr Condé in both 2010 and 2015 elections. The country’s Independent National Electoral Commission…

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s two main presidential rivals boycott poll

– Advertisement – The two main challengers to Ivory Coast’s President Alassana Ouattara in this month’s presidential election have said they are boycotting the poll. Former president, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former prime minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, made the declaration on Thursday. They have also asked their supporters to disrupt the electoral process which they claim amounts to electoral coup. Political parties on Thursday started campaigning officially for the presidential election on October 31. A former president, Laurent Gbagbo and a former prime minister, Guillaume Soro have all been barred…

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Ivory Coast: Campaigning for Oct. 31 presidential race begins

– Advertisement – Political parties in Ivory Coast on Thursday started campaigning officially for the presidential election on October 31. Four candidates are contesting the presidential race with key opposition figures being Pascal Affi N’Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party and former President Henri Konan Bedie, 86, for the PDCI-RDA party. A former president, Laurent Gbagbo and a former prime minister, Guillaume Soro have all been barred from contesting in the election. President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a third term in office, a decision that has sparked protests and…

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s third-term bid sparks protests from citizens

– Advertisement – Thousands of opposition supporters in Ivory Coast on Saturday held a major protest against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand again for office. They gathered in a stadium in the main city, Abidjan, to continue agitations over President Ouattara’s third term bid. Many of them were dressed in the national colours of green and white and carried banners calling the third term bid illegal. Photo: Reuters The country’s main opposition presidential candidate, Henri Konan Bédié had called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop the incumbent Ouattara…

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Ghana’s President Akufo Addo files nomination for second term bid

– Advertisement – Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has filed his nomination at the country’s Electoral Commission (EC) to seek re-election. He is leading the ruling New Patriotic Party as its presidential candidate for the fourth time in the December elections. President Akufo Addo asked the EC to remain an impartial referee of the process for the will of the people to prevail. “The Ghanaian people expect that the election in December will be conducted in peace, freedom, security, and transparency so that the results will reflect the will of the…

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Guinea closes border with neighbours ahead of election

– Advertisement – Guinea officials have said the country’s border with Senegal and Guinea-Bissau have been closed ahead of the general elections. Officials in government said the closure was for security reasons as citizens prepare to vote on October 18. Guinea-Bissau’s Interior Minister, Botche Cande was quoted by AFP as saying that the border had been closed since Sunday. Guinea’s constitutional court this month approved 82-year-old President Alpha Condé’s third term bid. The court also gave the green light to 11 other candidates, including the main opposition challenger Cellou Dalein…

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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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