The Southern African Development Community's guidelines lean towards election observation rather than election management, writes Webster Zambara.
The 'blood election' has been widely denounced – but it strengthens Al-Assad’s regime regardless.
President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Peter Mutharika and assured him of South Africa's commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Malawi.
An upstart political party made surprising gains in Spain's European elections, but it has to turn its sudden success into long-term support.
The final vote count in Malawi's controversial elections will only be released once court challenges have been resolved.
Ukraine's next president, Petro Poroshenko, will not negotiate with armed separatists but is open to dialogue, provided they reject violence.
A lack of trust in the mainstream leadership is driving EU voters to look at more radical options in this week's polls.
Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia will hold crucial polls this year, writes Webster Zambara.
Seats in Parliament are calculated by a system of proportional representation based on votes. This graphic shows seat allocations after each election.
In his e-book "No Country For The Poor", journalist Azad Essa tracks the path of two countries which head to the polls. Here is an excerpt.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to "wipe out" the social media service, setting him against President Abdullah Gul and drawing public fury.
Two people have been killed after clashes between supporters of Malawi's ruling party and its opposition.
Observers say elections in Southern Africa this year are vulnerable to manipulation and misuse of the military to clamp down on opponents.
As Mozambicans prepare to cast their ballots in local elections, there have been concerns that an upsurge in political violence will affect voting.
Guineans got to the polls in the first parliamentary elections for more than a decade in the troubled west African nation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has captured a landslide victory in German elections for guiding Europe's top economy unharmed through the debt crisis.
Angela Merkel is favoured to remain German chancellor for another four years as voting gets underway in the country.