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African Elections News (English edition):  22nd October 2010


1.       News and Updates

2.       African Elections Factsheet

3.       ICTs and Elections

4.        African Elections Calendar

5.       Publications

6.       Featured Website

7.       Elections Online Resources

8.       Events and People


In this edition  

1.        News and   Updates :  Weah calls for the opposition to unite for victory against the ruling party in the next presidential election

EU has declared it readiness for the 2011 elections in Nigeria

SADC chief expects credible elections

UN Envoy Reports Peaceful Start to Election Campaign

Clashes ahead of Guinea run-off

 3.       African Elections Project – Liberia FactSheet

4.       ICTs and Elections: Mobile phones to help voters know their status

5.        African Elections Calendar 2010-2011 for six Countries

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

7.       Elections Online Resources: listing of key online elections resources

8   Publications, Events and Opportunities: we provide you with updates on latest  

    Publications, events and opportunities in the African elections space





  News and Updates


 Weah calls for the opposition to unite for victory against the ruling party in the next presidential election

George Weah, the leader of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Liberia said his party is prepared to unite forces with other opposition parties contesting the 2011 election to wrestle power from Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's SirLeaf's ruling government. This he said is the only way to defeat the ruling Unity Party and reverse what he called a one-party political system.


EU  declares its readiness for the 2011 elections in Nigeria

The European Union has declared its readiness for the 2011 Nigerian election. The commitment was made when the leader of the EU met with the leadership of the Nigerian Senate on 13th October 2010. He said, an election monitoring group would soon be deplored to Nigeria. In the same light, other independent bodies like the National Democratic Institute for Foreign Affairs have also declared their readiness to support INEC in its efforts to conduct credible, free and fair elections in 2011.


SADC chief expects credible elections

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observer Mission has pledged to present a fair report that reflects the wishes of the people, after the general elections at the end of this month in Tanzania. In addition, the report the Chair promised would be ready two days after the elections. This was revealed at the launch of the SADC Election Observer Mission in Dar es Salaam on Monday.



UN Enyoy Reports Peaceful Start to Election Campaign

Côte d'Ivoire's presidential campaigns have started peacefully  without violence.  These campaigns prelude the presidential elections slated for 31st October 2010 which is expected to end the division of the West African country caused by civil war since 2002. Young-jin Choi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative to Côte d'Ivoire revealed this yesterday after meeting with the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission in Abidjan.



Clashes ahead of Guinea run-off

There have been sporadic clashes between the leading presidential candidate's supporters and the police as tension mount ahead of presidential run-off on the 24th of October. Two protesters have been killed and several others injured in street clashes with police in Guinea's capital, Conakry.




African Elections Factsheet:

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

ICTs and Election

Mobile phones to update voters   on election status

A news item carried by the DailyNews, Tanzanian daily newspaper yesterday reported that voters for the November 2010  presidential elections will be notified on their mobile phones on where to cast their votes through SMS. This technology according to the newspaper is made possible as a result of collaboration between the Electoral Commission and mobile phone companies.



 African Elections Calendar                           

Guinea (2nd round) - 24th October 2010

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



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