Parliamentarians are entitled to a good salary and pension benefits, but luxuries have no place in the current economic climate, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised this year's general election will be "free and fair" and invited international monitors to observe proceedings amid concerns of a democratic crackdown in the East African nation.
Newly-elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune formed his government on Thursday, two weeks after he took office following a controversial election, his spokesman said.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Gambia's capital Banjul demanding that President Adama Barrow respect his pledge to quit after three years in office.
Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle. If they make inroads, they should not be sidelined by manipulation of the election results.
Nigeria's ruling party has won the key oil-rich state of Bayelsa, the electoral body said, a sign of President Muhammadu Buhari's growing influence in opposition strongholds.
Botswana goes to the polls in a hotly contested general election that could test the country's traditionally stable politics, as the ruling party faces its toughest challenge yet.
Mozambican police said members of one of its elite units were involved in the murder of a poll observer in a ruling party stronghold just ahead of next week's election.
Outsider candidates have challenged Tunisia's political elite as voters returned to the polls weeks after a presidential election that reshaped the country's post-Arab Spring political landscape.
Proposed constitutional reforms that would sharply increase President Edgar Lungu's powers ahead of elections in 2021 are stoking concerns about Zambia's democratic credentials, analysts and civil society groups say.
Breakaway Mozambique rebels have threatened to step up violence if campaigning is not suspended for upcoming elections - the first after a landmark peace deal - as they claimed responsibility for two recent car attacks.
The North West's Mamusa Municipality - which includes the town of Schweizer-Reneke - will elect its new council on Wednesday after the previous one was dissolved.
Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been chosen by his party to run again for the top job in 2021, having already led the central African country for a total of 35 years.
A Botswana ruling party member has claimed to have taken part in vote rigging during the October election that allowed President Mokgweetsi Masisi to win a five-year term.
South Africa has had a high quality credit rating of A+ before, but in recent years it's been dwindling down a steady path to junk status.
The SACP has painted a bleak picture of the ANC's chances of securing a mandate to govern during the 2021 municipal elections and 2024 general polls.
Malawi police on Thursday announced the launch of an inquiry into allegations by rights groups that its officers raped and tortured women during demonstrations over presidential election results.
The much-anticipated elective conference for the largest ANC region, eThekwini, might not go ahead in 2019, according to provincial leaders.
Portugal's incumbent Prime Minister Antonio Costa's Socialists have won a general election marked by low turnout after presiding over a period of solid economic growth following years of austerity.
Insurgents worked to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential election, with a series of blasts reported across the country as voters headed to the polls and troops flooded the streets of the capital.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long grip on power appears in jeopardy after elections have left him tied with his main challenger Benny Gantz, raising the prospect of tough negotiations to build a unity government or even the end of the Israeli premier's record long rule.
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