Africa West Africa World 

Chad’s President set to extend rule in presidential election

– – Voters are choosing a new president in Chad’s Presidential election on Sunday with the incumbent Idriss Deby Itno set to secure a sixth term in office. He has already spent 30 years in power and remains the favourite to win Sunday’s vote. When his ruling party announced the decision to nominate President Deby, protests broke out on the streets. Before Sunday’s votes rights groups and opposition politicians said authorities had been cracking down on dissent. In a statement on Friday, the government rejected these allegations, calling them an…

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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 East Africa World 

Uganda: Vote counting underway in crucial general elections

– – Counting of ballots is underway in Uganda following general elections characterized by delays and faulty biometric verification machines at some polling stations. There is heightened security as citizens await the outcome of the election, with results expected by Saturday. The chairman of Uganda’s electoral commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, has said the presidential and parliamentary elections were a success. He told journalists in the capital Kampala, that Ugandans turned up in large numbers and voted peacefully amid the coronavirus pandemic. The incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghanaians vote in crucial 2020 general elections

– – Voting is underway across over 38,000 polling stations in Ghana as voters elect a new president and 275 lawmakers. Voting started at 7am local time and is expected to end at 5pm local time with reports of delays at some centres. The enthusiasm to vote in the 2020 general elections in Ghana is very high. Voters have been waiting since dawn at a polling station in the capital Accra to vote. Voting starts at 07:00 GMT #ghanaelections2020 #GhanaDecides2020 pic.twitter.com/8scooxW7lj — Isaac Kaledzi (@IsaacKaledzi) December 7, 2020 Generally the…

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Africa Featured Namibia Southern Africa World 

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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Africa East Africa World 

Ethiopia’s Sidama people hold crucial autonomy vote

Ethiopia’s Sidama people are holding a vote to decide whether to become an autonomy region or otherwise. Wednesday’s referendum could trigger similar action from other ethnic groups also seeking more autonomy. The Sidama people form 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population and Wednesday’s autonomy vote is coming ahead of a general election next year. In July clashes between security forces and Sidama activists led to the death of atleast 17 people after the government delayed the poll at the time. Local media reports that there is huge interest among the…

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Africa Botswana Featured Southern Africa World 

Botswana: Voting begins in crucial general election

Polls have opened in Botswana on Wednesday as citizens vote in a crucial general election. Voting started at 6:30 a.m, local time (0430 GMT) and close at 7 p.m local time. The election is seen as a major test for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which has been in power for the past five decades. Botswana is one of southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nations but still has a major task of transforming its economy further. More than 900,000 registered voters are participating in the election to choose…

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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

Mozambique: Polls open in crucial presidential election

Voting began on Tuesday in Mozambique where voters are electing a new president and other local officials. Four candidates are contesting the presidency but 26 parties and other coalitions are seeking control in legislative and provincial elections. Incumbent President, Filipe Nyusi is seeking re-election and is expected to win to prolong his Frelimo party rule in Mozambique since independence in 1975. He won his first presidential term in the 2014 elections. President Filipe Nyusi who has already cast his ballot has asked citizens, to refrain from violence. President Nyusi has…

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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

Mozambique: Campaigns end ahead of Tuesday’s elections

Campaigning has ended in Mozambique ahead of crucial presidential, legislative and provincial elections on Tuesday. Four candidates are contesting the presidency but 26 parties and other coalitions are seeking control in legislative and provincial elections. Six opposition parties have also signed a cooperation pact to prevent electoral fraud. These parties are Renamo, MDM, New Democracy, Amusi, Podemos, and the Ecologists. Candidates for presidency Filipe Nyusi who is 60 years is the incumbent President seeking a second term to prolong his Frelimo party rule in Mozambique since independence in 1975. He…

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Africa North Africa World 

Tunisians vote in legislative elections amid economic crisis

Tunisians started voting on Sunday in legislative elections weeks after voting in the first round of presidential election. A second round of voting in the presidential election will take place on October 13 and will be contested by two political outsiders – independent academic Kais Saied and jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui. Sunday’s parliamentary elections could decide whether Tunisians are gradually breaking away from established political parties or otherwise. Some 15,000 candidates running on party lists or as independents are vying for seats in the 217-seat parliament. Registered voters are…

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