Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev `wins fifth term by a landslide`

 Energy-rich Kazakhstan`s incumbent strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev scored a crushing victory in Sunday`s one-sided presidential ballot, taking 97.5 percent of the vote to win a fifth consecutive term, an exit poll showed.

Polling stations open in Nigerian Presidential Election

Polling stations opened in Nigeria on Saturday, the electoral commission said, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.

Nigeria`s Jonathan calls for peaceful vote

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday urged Nigerians to turn out in force to vote in this weekend`s presidential election, calling for calm in the face of rising tensions and fears of violence.

Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

 Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria`s presidential elections on Thursday, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote.

Karim Wade, graft-accused son of Senegal ex-leader, `to run for president`

Karim Wade, the son of a former Senegalese president and currently on trial for corruption, was chosen Saturday to be the former ruling party`s candidate in the next presidential election.

Nigeria delays elections as Boko Haram conflict spirals

Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds as the Boko Haram conflict intensifies, handing a potential lifeline to the ruling party as it battles a tough challenge from the opposition.

Fears in Nigeria over repeat of election violence

 All that`s left of the Muslim neighbourhood in Madakiya, in Nigeria`s northwestern Kaduna state, are decomposing bricks and graffiti-covered walls standing in fields of charred grass.

Indian spy's role alleged in Sri Lankan President's election defeat: Report
Indian spy's role alleged in Sri Lankan President's election defeat: Report

 Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India`s spy agency in the run-up to this month`s presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa. 

Coup averted in Sri Lanka: New government

Sri Lanka`s new government on Sunday accused toppled strongman Mahinda Rajapakse of having tried to stage a coup to cling to power after losing last week`s presidential election.

Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulates Sirisena

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday congratulated opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in the presidential election, an official said.

AFC to back Sepp Blatter in FIFA presidency election
AFC to back Sepp Blatter in FIFA presidency election

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will support incumbent Joseph "Sepp" Blatter in the FIFA presidential election, its general secretary said Thursday.

Military presence may deter Sri Lankan voters: Monitors

A monitoring group expressed concerns today that the military presence in the former war zone of northern Sri Lanka may lower voter turnout in the Presidential Election on Thursday.

Sri Lankan President confident of minority vote

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday expressed confidence in securing minority Tamil votes at the Presidential Election, although Sri Lanka`s main Tamil political party, urged the Tamils to back opposition candidate.

Sri Lanka's presidential polls to be held despite floods

Sri Lanka's presidential election will not be deferred because of the floods that have swept many parts of the island nation over the past few days, killing 24 people with eight missing, an official said Monday.

Kumar Sangakkara denies being asked to back Mahinda Rajapaksa in Lanka poll
Kumar Sangakkara denies being asked to back Mahinda Rajapaksa in Lanka poll

Star batsman Kumar Sangakkara has denied that he was approached by the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa to back him in the January 8 presidential election.

Kumar Sangakkara denies Mahinda Rajapaksa sought his help
Kumar Sangakkara denies Mahinda Rajapaksa sought his help

 Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara Thursday denied he was asked by President Mahinda Rajapakse to support him in the upcoming presidential election.

Tunisians go to polls for presidential election

Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Sri Lanka's President seeks re-election in snap polls

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse confirmed on Thursday he would seek a third term in office, with snap elections expected in January.

Presidential campaign gets under way in Tunisia

Campaigning opened Saturday for a presidential election in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with secularist Beji Caid Essebsi seen as the frontrunner after his party won milestone parliamentary polls.

Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday`s election runoff in Brazil`s closest race in decades.