Friday, October 29, 2010

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African Elections News (English edition): 29th October 2010

1. News and Updates
2. African Elections Factsheet
3. ICTs and Elections
4. African Elections Calendar
5. Publications

In this edition
1. News and Updates : President Sirleaf not Afraid of Opposition merger says press secretary
Cote d'Ivoire to set up an independent committee of expert to monitor election tally
Commonwealth election observers for Tanzania
Guinea Presidential Candidates Call for Calm after Vote Delay
Fear, anxiety build up ahead of Tanzania's election showdown on Sunday
Museveni faces seven opponents

3. African Elections Project – Nigeria Factsheet
4. ICTs and Elections: Cell phones to promote democratic and fairer elections in Africa

5. African Elections Calendar 2010-2011 for six Countries

6. Featured Website: featured site for African elections in Guinea

7 Publications, Events and Opportunities: we provide you with updates on latest
Publications, events and opportunities in the African elections space


News and Updates

President Sirleaf not Afraid of Opposition merger says press secretary

The Press Secretary to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,says there is no cause of alarm with the news by the opposition parties to form stronger alliance to defeat President Ellen Johnson in the 2011 presidential elections. President Ellen Sirleaf calls this a healthy political process and an avenue for less confusing decision making, since electorate would have fewer presidential candidates to choose from.

Cote d'Ivoire to set up an independent committee of expert to monitor election tally

Prime Minister Guillaume Soro announced on Sunday that an independent “committee of experts” would be set up to monitor the vote tallying exercise after the Oct. 31 presidential elections. The country’s Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) thought it prudent to resort to manual vote counting method. The "committee of experts" would be composed of technocrats from the prime minister's office, CEI, the representative of Burkina Faso's president who is the mediator in Cote d'Ivoire's crisis, a Swiss information and technology firm and the United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI).
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Commonwealth election observers for Tanzania

A Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) will be deplored to Tanzania to take part in its General Elections observation process. The election is due to be held on 31 October 2010. The Group’s mandate would be to observe the preparations for the election, the polling, the counting and the results process, and the overall electoral environment. The team will be there to assess the conduct of the process as a whole and where appropriate, make recommendations for the future strengthening of the electoral framework in Tanzania, including the process in Zanzibar.
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Guinea Presidential Candidates Call for Calm after Vote Delay

Guinea's presidential candidates are calling for calm after violence erupted between their supporters following the indefinite postponement of an election that was scheduled for 24 October.

Former Prime Minister Cellou Diallo and long-time opposition leader Alpha Conde are both urging their supporters to stay calm after looting in the capital and the intervention of security forces to separate the rival camps proved futile.
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Fear, anxiety build up ahead of Tanzania's election showdown on Sunday

For a country that has been known for political stability, Tanzania’s election this time round is like no other: A first-time opposition candidate, Willbrod Slaa of the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), whose candidature was a political gamble that is paying off, throwing the race wide open; last-minute electoral reforms; talk of rigging and fear of violence.

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Museveni faces seven opponents

President Yoweri Museveni will face seven opponents in the 2011 presidential race after three more candidates were nominated yesterday. Elections are scheduled for February 18.

The three candidates nominated yesterday were Peoples Development Party (PDP) president Abed Bwanika, Uganda Peoples Congress chief Olara Otunnu, and Samuel Lubega, the only independent candidate in the presidential race. They join Kizza Besigye (FDC), Nobert Mao (DP), Bidandi Ssali of the Peopples’ Progressive Party and Uganda Federal Alliance’s Beti Kamya, who were nominated on Monday.

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African Elections Factsheet:

In this edition, our factsheet focuses on Nigeria elections expected to take place on January 2011. Click here

ICTs and Election

Cellphones to promote democratic and fairer elections in Africa

Mobile phones have a promising future for promoting democratic and fairer elections in Africa some experts say. Many African countries have struggled against rigged elections and authoritarian rule since gaining independence last century. However, African observers say the growth of simple communication technologies like cell phones are assisting many states to progress towards open and fair elections in increasingly democratic systems. Senegal is one of a number of African countries to hold successful elections by keeping voting and counting in check through independent communication. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said/reckons many African nations now have a "very open society" and the increasing success of elections owed a lot to the existence of mobile phones.
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African Elections Calendar

Guinea (2nd round) - 24th October 2010(updated)
Cote d voire-31st October 2010
Tanzania-1st November 2010
Niger- 31st January 2011
Burkina faso-21st November 2010
Equatorial Guinea-December 2010
Nigeria- 22nd January 2011
Benin-March 2011
Cameroun- October 2011
DRC- 27th November 2011
Egypt- September 2011
The Gambia- September 2011
Liberia- 11th October 2011
Uganda- February 2011
Zambia- 2011

Publications and Opportunities:

1. EISA Election Observer Mission Report.28th September2006:
2. Political Integration and Democratization in Southern Africa: Progress, Problems and prospects:
3. Some opportunities under Contract Awards List:
4. Some job opportunities:

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