Africa Libya North Africa World 

Libya: Presidential bid of Gaddafi’s son sparks controversy

– – The presidential bid of the son of former Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi has sparked controversy in the North African nation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has announced he is running for president in next month’s elections. The election commission said on Sunday that Seif al-Islam completed “all the required legal conditions”. Seif al-Islam Gaddafi “submitted… his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the city of Sebha,” it said in a statement. This will be Libya’s first ever direct presidential election, with a first…

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Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia: Adama Barrow to face five others in presidential poll

– – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is set to face five other candidates in next month’s presidential election due on December 4. It will be the first time Gambians will be voting for a president without ex-leader Yahya Jammeh contesting. The last time he contested, he refused to concede defeat after losing to current President Adama Barrow. Jammeh however was forced to go into exile after external pressure for him to concede defeat and exit power. Other candidates for next month’s polls include Barrow’s former political mentor Ousainou Darboe, 73,…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: Lungu trails rival Hichilema, questions fairness of vote

– – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has questioned the fairness of Thursday’s presidential and general elections as he trails his rival, Hakainde Hichilema. On Saturday, results from 62 of 156 constituencies had been released by the Zambian Electoral Commission. The tally from those early results showed that opposition leader, Hichilema obtained 1,024,212 votes so far while incumbent President Edgar Lungu polled 562,523 votes. The total consolidated results for the 62/156 constituencies that have been announced so far: HH – 1,024,212EL – 562,523 Registered voters – 2,273,641Votes cast – 1,668,369Rejected ballots…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Vote counting underway in Zambia’s general elections

– – Vote counting is underway in Zambia following the general elections in the southern African nation on Thursday. Millions of people voted in what is seen as a hotly contested general and presidential elections. Reports say several hundreds of people were in long queues to cast their ballot with some voters complaining about the slow pace of the process. President Edgar Lungu had deployed more troops in parts of the country to quell election violence. Lungu said election-day violence had killed two people, including the chairman of his party…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: Concerns raised over unfair playing field ahead of August 12 poll

– – Some Zambian opposition parties and other electoral stakeholders have expressed concern over President, Edgar Lungu’s alleged flouting of the COVID 19-induced ban on election campaigns, using his visits to developmental projects and other work, as an excuse, ahead of the country’s general election, scheduled for 12 August, this year. Lungu announced in May, a ban on all campaign rallies, as part of the country’s measures to curb the spread of COVID 19, following a rise in cases and deaths, brought about by the third wave of the pandemic.…

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Africa West Africa World 

Chad: President Idriss Déby secures sixth term in office

– – President of Chad Idriss Déby, has secured a sixth term in office after obtaining almost 80% of votes in the recently held presidential election. According to Provisional results, President Déby is on track to win the election to extend his 30 years in power. Prior to the election the opposition boycotted the process, alleging violence by the security forces. There are reports of celebrations in the capital, N’Djamena after provisional results were declared. But the Chadian leader is having to occupy himself with ongoing fight between the military…

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Africa East Africa World 

Djibouti’s president Omar Guelleh re-elected for fifth term

– – Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office has been renewed by voters in Friday’s presidential election. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders secured a fifth term and will now extend his 21-year-long rule. He first took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger in the election was Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician after the main opposition boycotted the polls. The veteran leader secured 98 percent of the vote,…

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Africa East Africa World 

Djibouti: Voting gets underway in presidential election

– – Voters in Djibouti are choosing a new president in a poll that could extend President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders is tipped to win a fifth term and extend his 21-year-long rule in Friday’s votes. He took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger is Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician. In 2010 Djibouti’s constitution was revised, scrapping presidential term limits with only…

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Africa Central Africa World 

Internet shutdown in Republic of Congo as voters elect a president

– – The internet has been shutdown on the day of voting in the Republic of Congo as voters choose a new president. Citizens can’t go online, send messages and make calls all in an attempt to prevent expression of opinions on the conduct of the polls via online. ⚠️ Confirmed: Internet has been shut down in the Republic of the #Congo on the day of presidential elections. Network data show a near-total collapse of national connectivity from midnight local time. The incident is ongoing as polls are due to…

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Africa West Africa World 

Niger prepares to hold presidential run off vote on Sunday

– – Niger will hold a presidential run-off vote on Sunday as citizens choose a new leader towards first democratic transfer of power. Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou announced his decision to step down after two five-year terms. His decision has been hailed by many and considered significant in promoting democracy in the West African nation. Issoufou has said “Handing over power in 2021 to a democratically elected successor… will be my greatest achievement.” Sunday’s run-off election is between the outgoing president’s favourite, Mohamed Bazoum or Mahamane Ousmane and who was…

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