Botswana heads to polls as IEC denies charges of cheating

Botswana heads to polls as IEC denies charges of cheating

The polls are set to open in Botswana early Wednesday but not without controversy that’s already emerged over the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the transparency of the vote. The IEC defended itself on Tuesday over two media accounts reporting that the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change party, led…

Renamo joins MDM in rejecting Mozambique election results

Renamo joins MDM in rejecting Mozambique election results

Mozambique’s Renamo party on Saturday joined the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) party and its presidential candidate in rejecting the reported results of the October 15 elections showing incumbent President Filipe Nyusi with a landslide victory. The latest results from The National Election Commission (CNE) and Mozambique’s Technical Secretariat for…

Tensions escalate as Mozambique awaits election results

Tensions escalate as Mozambique awaits election results

Incumbent President Filipe Nyusi and the long-ruling Frelimo party appear headed toward unsurprising victory in Mozambique, but as votes are still being counted, there are equally unsurprising charges of gross irregularities and electoral violence casting a shadow on the results – and the struggling southern African nation’s future. The National…

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Saïed wins Tunisian presidential election

Independent candidate Kaïs Saïed has won Tunisia’s presidential vote, following a runoff election held Sunday to choose between Saïed and Nabil Karoui, a business leader released from prison last week just days before voters headed to the polls. Saïed received 72.7 percent of the votes, according to the ISIE, Tunisia’s…

HRW warns of crackdown against Guinea opposition

At least 20 protests organized by opposition activists in Guinea have been shut down under a ban that began in July 2018, and as the nation heads toward 2020 presidential elections, the Human Rights Watch organization is calling on its leaders to assure democratic space is protected. Security forces have…

Rights groups worry over Algeria’s crackdown on protests

Algerians have protested every week for more than six months now, demanding economic reforms and an embrace of democratic principles. Thousands continued to protest even after former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April, and they haven’t stopped as the North African nation works its way toward a December 12 presidential…

Tunisia heads to runoff presidential election with Saied, Karoui

Tunisia is headed for a runoff election between two candidates whose showing at the polls on Sunday reflects the country’s economic uncertainties and a rejection of the existing political leadership. The ISIE, Tunisia’s independent electoral commission, posted results early Wednesday confirming that law professor Kais Saied received 18.4 percent of…

Burundi officials rubbish warnings in new UN report

High-level officials in Burundi say they strongly reject the conclusions of a United Nations report released Wednesday, one that expressed concern over risks associated with human rights concerns as the volatile nation moves toward 2020 elections. The report, completed by a team of UN experts including Doudou Diène of Senegal…

U.S. embassy issues warning over Malawi election protests

The United States Embassy in Lilongwe has issued a travel ban and security warning for staff, ahead of planned protests Friday in the wake of the disputed Malawi presidential election. “Though organizers consistently have called for peaceful protest, looting and violence have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities,”…

Uganda’s Bobi Wine plans presidential run

Uganda’s Bobi Wine says he plans to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for the presidency in 2021, but he expects ongoing threats as the government continues to shut down opposition politicians. Wine, a popular musician elected to parliament in 2017 whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, made his case in an…

Term is up for Bensalah, but Algeria still has no elections

Algeria’s interim leader will remain in place until the country holds elections, despite Tuesday marking the end of a 90-day term that began with the departure of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Abdelkader Bensalah, a Bouteflika ally and Algeria’s parliament leader, stepped into the role following Bouteflika’s resignation in April. The…

Mauritanian opposition rejects Ghazouani election victory

Opposition parties in Mauritania say they reject official election results that give a win to Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a former defense minister and close ally of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who received 52 percent of the vote in the country’s presidential contest on Saturday. The political tensions have left…

Mauritania awaits election results with Ghazouani in early lead

Election officials in Mauritania say the nation’s historic presidential election has gone smoothly, despite concern about the potential for fraud voiced by some opposition candidates. Mohamed Vall Ould Bellal, president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, said there were no problems while promising transparency and the rule of law will…