No surprises in Egypt, where Sisi pulls 90 percent of vote

No surprises in Egypt, where Sisi pulls 90 percent of vote

With unofficial results in, Egyptian authorities say President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has secured the expected landslide victory in the country’s presidential election. Sisi has received more than 90 percent of votes cast, with turnout at more than 40 percent of the country’s 59 million registered voters, according to state television. His…

Vote count begins in Egypt as busy last-minute polling closes

Vote count begins in Egypt as busy last-minute polling closes

Egypt extended its voting times on Wednesday, the last of three days in the nationwide elections, after lines at the polls swelled following a last-minute announcement by the country’s National Election Authority that registered voters who failed to participate faced a fine. The directive found in an NEA guidelines publication…

Sierra Leone set to move ahead with delayed runoff election

Officials in Sierra Leone will hold the runoff presidential election originally planned for today on Saturday, following a last-minute High Court ruling that allows the voting to proceed. While a decision was welcome news to the National Election Commission, it also meant a delay because of the logistics required, said…

Egypt set to begin this week’s presidential election

Voting in Egypt’s presidential election begins on Monday, but it’s appeared for months unlikely that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will risk any loss. Interior Ministry officials said Sunday they’re taking the final steps to secure 11,000 polling stations, which open at 9 a.m. for the first of three days of voting….

Sierra Leone to see Kamara, Maada Bio runoff election

Sierra Leone will hold a runoff election between the top two presidential contenders on March 27, now that last week’s results are tallied and it’s clear that neither leading candidate picked up the necessary 55 percent of the vote. Mohamed Conteh, chairman of the National Election Commission, announced the results…

DRC: Katumbi announces long-awaited challenge to Kabila presidency

Congolese politician Moïse Katumbi announced on Monday the creation of “Ensemble pour le Changement,” a new electoral movement he vows will “end the dictatorship” of President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo and pave the way for victory in December 2018 elections. The exiled Katumbi will challenge Kabila for the…

Opposition cries foul as Sierra Leone tallies votes

The vote count remains under way in Sierra Leone, where election officials report a relatively smooth process – but there’s no results so far, and at least some disputes over just how well the election went. “Because we value accuracy above speed, there may be times when the tally takes…

Equatorial Guinea bans opposition CI party, sends members to prison

Equatorial Guinea has eliminated its main political opposition party, with the country’s courts dissolving Citizens for Innovation (CI) and sentencing dozens of its members to lengthy prison terms after determining the CI is a threat to security in President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s small West African nation. The decision this week…