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Raila Odinga, supporters warned over victory claims

Kenya's electoral commission has warned the opposition that its claims of victory for its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, could be deemed illegal. The opposition has published its own figures, putting Mr Odinga ahead of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. This contrasts with...

Kenya election chief rejects Raila’s hacking claims

Kenya's election commission dismissed claims on Wednesday by opposition leader Raila Odinga that its systems and website had been hacked to produce a "fictitious" lead for Odinga's long-time rival President Uhuru Kenyatta. Angry protests erupted in opposition strongholds in the...

Coalition of rights groups protest killing of Kenya election official

Hundreds of rights activists took to the streets to protest the murder of a top election official, whose death stunned Kenyans ahead of an already tense vote on August 8. The body of Chris Msando, charged with overseeing the country's...

USA, Britain offer to help Kenya probe into murder of poll official

The USA and British governments on Monday offered assistance to Kenya in efforts to investigate the murder of the head of ICT at Kenya's electoral body (IEBC), Chris Msando. In a joint statement issued in Nairobi, U.S. ambassador to Kenya...

Fears of violence increases in Kenya after torture and murder of election official

A senior Kenyan election official was found murdered on Monday three days after going missing, poll officials said, stirring fears of turmoil before next week's national vote. Chris Msando, the election board's head of information, communication and technology, was tortured...

Senegalese go to poll Sunday after heated legislative campaign

Senegal is wrapping up a heated campaign season ahead of Sunday’s legislative polls. Tear gas filled the air in Dakar’s city center this week as police dispersed an opposition demonstration called by former president Abdoulaye Wade to denounce the organization...

Rwandan mayor in trouble for obstructing presidential campaigns

A Rwandan mayor has been arrested for preventing people from attending presidential campaign rallies, police said Friday. Jeremy Sinamenye, mayor of Rubavu district in western Rwanda, was arrested following complaints about breach of presidential electoral laws, Assistant Commissioner of Police...

Zimbabwe needs $274 million for 2018 election

Zimbabwe's election agency said on Tuesday it needs $274 million to finance next year's presidential and parliamentary elections, in which President Robert Mugabe plans to contest aged 94. Zimbabwe is suffering severe cash shortages and Mugabe's government is struggling to...

Kenya’s president Kenyatta launches campaign in the capital Nairobi

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off his official campaign for reelection with a rally in Nairobi on Monday, echoing a call by main challenger Raila Odinga to avoid the violence that followed voting a decade ago. Kenyatta led a lively...

Odinga to face Kenyatta again in Kenya presidential election

Veteran politician Raila Odinga will represent Kenya's opposition alliance in the presidential election in August, his fourth time as a presidential candidate. His nomination was announced by leaders of the National Super Alliance, known by its acronym NASA, to cheering...
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Fmr French president Sarkozy to know fate in cash-from-Libya case

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US Secretary of States pushes for breakthrough on Sudan deal

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