Comoros referendum vote under scrutiny after landslide approval

Comoros referendum vote under scrutiny after landslide approval

Officials in the Comoros said Tuesday that a constitutional referendum that would allow current President Azali Assoumani to extend his term has passed with an overwhelming 93 percent of the vote. The provisional results released by the country’s electoral commission showed 170,240 votes in favor of the measure, which would…

Tense Comoros awaits results on Assoumani referendum

Tense Comoros awaits results on Assoumani referendum

Officials in the Comoros said they’re still tallying the results of a divisive referendum that would allow current President Azali Assoumani to extend his term in the Indian Ocean island nation. Interior Minister Mohamed Daoud said late Monday that 63 percent of voters participated across the three islands, with an…

Burundi term limits referendum draws U.S. criticism

Burundi term limits referendum draws U.S. criticism

Officials in Burundi verified on Monday the final vote tally on a referendum, initiated by President Pierre Nkurunziza, which extends presidential term limits to allow him to run for and remain in the office through 2034. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said the referendum passed with 73 percent of…

Burundi: Early tallies show landslide support for Nkurunziza referendum

Early reports from Burundi’s national broadcaster show vote totals that overwhelmingly favor President Pierre Nkurunziza’s referendum to extend presidential term limits, which would theoretically allow him to remain in office until 2034. Burundi National Radio and Television began reporting returns early Friday from some half-dozen precincts that showed referendum “yes”…

Rights group warns of violence over Burundi term limits vote

In December 2017, President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi traveled to the town of Bugendana to launch his campaign for a national referendum that would change the small African nation’s constitution. It would allow for multiple seven-year terms in office – terms that he would be eligible to serve through 2034 if…

Moroccan immigrants vote on volatile Catalonia’s independence

Sunday’s referendum for an independent Catalonia, marked by protests and bloody clashes that left more than 800 people injured, expressed the deeply held aspirations of the Catalan people and a separatist movement that’s been a century in the making. Authorities say more than 2 million voters chose “yes” for independence,…

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…

Cote d’Ivoire opposition calls for boycott of constitution vote

Opposition leaders in Cote d’Ivoire called Friday for a boycott of the nation’s upcoming constitutional referendum, scheduled for October 30. At a press conference in Abidjan, Pascal Affi Nguessan called on all supporters of his Ivorian Popular Front and its coalition parties to boycott the vote, reinforcing the message opposition…

Africa’s Super Sunday

March 20th is something of an anomaly for African politics, featuring no less than two pivotal presidential elections and a constitutional referendum. What’s surprising about these three polls is not so much the outcomes – a betting man would easily get all of them right – but the way in…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.