After Four Postponements, Somalia Sets Another Date For Presidential Elections

 Somalian authorities have set February 8, 2017 as the new date for the presidential elections which have been postponed four times since last year.The electoral commission announced the new date in a statement on Wednesday. The reason for the postponements was due to the delay in the parliamentary elections which were marred by voter irregularities, […]

African Union To Recognize Adama Barrow As Gambian President On January 19

 Going by the recent position adopted by the African Union (AU), that it will no longer recognise Yahya Jammeh as President of The Gambia, the continental body would in principle turn to Adama Barrow as the country’s leader for official relations. President Yahya Jammeh’s term in office as leader of the tiny West African country […]

Rwanda, Kenya, Angola… The Five African Elections To Watch Out For In 2017

 Last year, a public survey of elections by the Pan-African research network Afrobarometer showed Africans distrusted national electoral commissions and the quality of their elections. Just over 40% of Africans in 36 countries believed that the last elections in their country were free and fair; 25% said they trusted their electoral commissions “a lot”; and […]

JJ Omojuwa: Ondo Poll And Akeredolu’s Next Challenge

 The Independent National Electoral Commission certainly outdid itself in Ondo State, especially when measured against its recent consecutive inconclusive elections. Right from the distribution of electoral materials to accreditation and finally to the election proper, it was quite a swift and smooth transition of events. Is this an indication that INEC has finally woken up […]

#GhanaDecides: Electoral Commission Kicks 13 Aspirants Out From Presidential Election

 Ghana’s electoral commission has disqualified thirteen out of the seventeen presidential hopefuls who filed to run for the election in 2016. Among the disqualified candidates on Monday are two-time aspirant and businessman Papa Kwesi Nduom, and former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings. The Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei announced at a news conference that those […]

The End Is Near – Mo Ibrahim Warns African Leaders Against Stealing Elections

 Sudanese-British mobile communication entrepreneur and billionaire Mo Ibrahim has warned African leaders against stealing elections due to fear of leaving office. He said more elections are being subjected to the harsh light of observation, authentication, social media among others and the phenomena of stealing elections will come to an end. Mo sounded the caution at […]

Liberia Parliament Passes Bill to Reserve Seats For Women, Young People And Person With Disability

 Liberia’s House of Representatives has passed a bill that allows for parliamentary seats to be reserved for women, young people and persons with disability. According to the Equal Representation and Participation Bill passed on Thursday, five seats are to be reserved for female politicians, one for youths and one for people with disabilities in the […]