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Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

Burundians are voting on a constitutional referendum that if passed could see President Pierre Nkurunziza's stay in power extended until 2034.

Burundi kicks off campaign for controversial referendum

Burundi on Tuesday launched the official campaign for a referendum on constitutional change that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power for another 16 years.

South Korea distances itself from firm assisting DR Congo vote

South Korea's government has officially distanced itself from a firm providing electronic voting machines to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where tensions are running high ahead of a presidential poll in December.

Bruno Tshibala: DRC’s Joseph Kabila eager to handover after December elections

Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bruno Tshibala, has confirmed that his boss will not be a candidate in elections slated for December this year.

Burundi sets May 17 for referendum on contested reforms

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has set May 17 as the date for a referendum on a controversial constitutional reform that could keep him in power until 2034, according to a decree signed Sunday.

DR Congo pushes ahead with electronic voting despite criticism

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday unveiled an electronic voting machine that will be used in key elections this year, despite accusations that the technology could skew the outcome.

Burundi compiles new electoral roll for referendum

The inscription of voters for a constitutional referendum that could allow Burundi's president to prolong his rule began Thursday in Burundi, the independent national electoral commission (CENI) announced.

Guinea electoral commission releases partial vote result

The electoral commission in Guinea on Friday released partial results of local elections which have been marred by accusations of vote rigging and violence.

Congo electoral commission registers 46m voters – chair

Corneille Nangaa, Chairman of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Electoral commission (CENI), on Thursday said 46 million voters have so far been registered by the umpire.

Joseph Kabila denies violence against protesters

Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Friday rejected charges that his forces had violently broken up pro-democracy protests, stirred by his refusal to step down at the end of his mandate.

Burundi opposition says 42 held over referendum campaign

Opposition lawmakers in Burundi on Thursday said 42 activists had been arrested for illegally contesting an upcoming referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza extend his stay in office.

US gives $1.2 million to Madagascar for elections

The United States has granted Madagascar $1.2 million to support the preparations for next year's elections.

UN warns DRC on eve of protest rallies

The United Nations on Tuesday called on Democratic Republic of Congo's government to allow peaceful demonstrations on the eve of expected protests against President Joseph Kabila.

23 police reported hurt in Niger demo

Twenty-three police were hurt and a police station was set on fire in demonstrations against financial reforms late Sunday in the Niger capital of Niamey, the interior minister and private TV stations reported.

DR Congo authorities meet but still no election timetable

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo met on Saturday to address when the next presidential election will be held after the country's electoral commission announced there will be no vote before early 2019.

Promised Guinea local elections delayed again

Local elections in Guinea, expected since 2005, will not take place before the end of the year, an opposition party spokesman said Monday, a month after demonstrations calling for polls.

DR Congo opposition mounts ‘dead city’ protest against Kabila

Opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike on Tuesday to pressure Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to set an election date - a day after 12 people were shot dead in an anti-government rampage in the capital.

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