HRW series looks at Ethiopia across Abiy’s first year

HRW series looks at Ethiopia across Abiy’s first year

Human Rights Watch has launched an eight-part series on changes in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power a year ago. While there’s been much progress, there also remain many challenges in an increasingly tense political atmosphere. “With elections scheduled for May 2020, the next year will be a…

Nigeria postpones elections just hours before polls open

Nigeria postpones elections just hours before polls open

Nigerian officials have announced a last-minute postponement of the country’s presidential election, holding a press conference at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday – just hours before the polls were set to open. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said electoral officials will be meeting during the day…

ECOWAS keeps eye on Guinea Bissau, Togo political crises

ECOWAS keeps eye on Guinea Bissau, Togo political crises

ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, says it supports the decision to hold delayed parliamentary elections in Guinea Bissau but insists that President José Mário Vaz keep his fragile government as-is until the March 10 voting is complete. The country postponed elections in November and December, citing technical…

Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Opposition leaders in Togo on Sunday confirmed their opposition to the planned December 20 legislative elections, and their resolve to continue protests after at least two people died in clashes on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Fabre and the Coalition of 14 (C14) political opposition accused the government of President Faure Gnassingbé of…

Campaigns begin as DRC heads to December elections

Official campaigning has kicked off in Democratic Republic of Congo, where long-delayed elections are scheduled for December 23. The national elections commission, CENI, designated Thursday as the start of campaigning for a field of 21 candidates certified in September. Front-runners for the presidency include Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for…

Facebook reveals ‘elections war room’ to combat fake news

The social media giant Facebook has come under heavy fire for its admitted failures to protect user privacy, to prevent “fake news” on its platform that influences elections or hate speech that fuels unrest. That’s been true in the United States and Europe, and notably in Myanmar where misinformation has…

Mauritania: Candidates from 100 parties filed for September elections

Mauritania’s electoral commission says candidates from an unprecedented 100 political parties have submitted their files to participate in the country’s legislative and municipal elections on September 1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) confirmed the lists ahead of campaigning that officially begins on August 17. Mauritania also confirms 1.4 million…

With new Kinshasa office, SADC hopes to promote DR Congo stability

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has opened an office in Democratic Republic of Congo it says will establish a greater presence for the regional body amid Kinshasa’s national political crisis. The SADC office “provides an avenue for closer collaboration with stakeholders in the DRC, in the continued efforts by…

Kenya: Nasa sends formal election withdrawal letter to IEBC

Kenya’s electoral commission says it has received official word from political opposition candidate Raila Odinga and the Nasa party confirming their intent to withdraw from the October 26 elections that followed the unprecedented overturning of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August. The letter sent to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries…

Death of Kenyan IEBC official heightens fears over electoral violence

Authorities in Kenya say that a key election official responsible for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) technology systems was tortured and killed, just days before the country’s contentious elections. Chris Msando was missing for three days before his body was discovered near Kikuyu, to the northwest of Nairobi….