African Elections

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    #ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

#ZimElections2018: Charismatic Appeals Vs Performance Legitimacy

As Zimbabwe heads to the first Mugabe-less polls, LSE’s McDonald Lewanika analyses the campaigns two leading Presidential candidates.

Behold the New

On July 30, 2018, Zimbabwe will have its first post-Mugabe harmonised election, where 23 candidates from 22 political parties will engage in mortal political combat for the country’s presidency. Over 1648 candidates from at least 55 political parties (about 220 […]

Can Pan–Africanism in Zimbabwe Survive Mugabe?

Robert Mugabe built a Pan-African legacy through his rhetoric and policies. As Zimbabwe goes to the polls, Brooks Marmon explores what Pan-Africanism may look like in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.

In November 1958, Robert Mugabe, then a schoolteacher in Ghana, wrote home to the African Daily News, to gleefully report that George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah’s top adviser for Pan-African affairs, had categorically proclaimed […]

Book Review – Love Does Not Win Elections by Ayisha Osori

Bronwen Manby says this humorous book gives a unique insight into Nigerian politics.

This unique book should be required reading for those interested in the promotion and consolidation of democracy, whether as scholar or activist. It offers a candidate’s-eye view of what it takes to contest a primary election to run for office as a member of Nigeria’s House of […]

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    #VoteSalone 2018 : Will Sierra Leone’s Two-Party System Survive after March?

#VoteSalone 2018 : Will Sierra Leone’s Two-Party System Survive after March?

Lansana Gberie discusses how Kandeh Yumkella and his National Grand Coalition have injected a measure of unpredictability into the 2018 Presidential elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

With one week to go until elections take place in Sierra Leone, the dominant question is not so much about which of the three leading candidates will win. Rather, it […]

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    Book Review – Burkina Faso: A History of Power by Ernest Harsch

Book Review – Burkina Faso: A History of Power by Ernest Harsch

Hana Sandhu says this book is a gripping account of the country’s radical history of political struggle.

As a reporter with 30 years of experience working in the region, Ernest Harsch’s Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest and Revolution is rich with detail of Burkinabé society and the complex relationships of power, patronage and social class. Harsch explores the […]

What Liberian President George Weah must do

Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor urge President George Weah to take action on key issues before the president loses favour with those who elected him.

Now that footballer-turned-politician George Weah has been inaugurated as Liberia’s 25th president, he will face the challenging task of reviving a resilient, yet deeply divided, poorly managed, post-war country.

Weah was the frontrunner among 20 candidates who ran […]

8 events that marked the continent in 2017

As the year comes to an end, Grace Thompson looks at 8 events that marked 2017:

Death of Botswana’s former president

Quett Masire, the second president of Botswana, passed away on June 22. Although not as famous as his predecessor, Seretse Khama, Masire had a decisive impact on the progress and success of Botswana. In his article, “Former Botswana President Quett […]

Liberia needs the rule of law, not political expediency

Robtel Neajai Pailey & Edward Emmett Dillon examine the US government’s  uncanny ability to promote democracy while simultaneously undermining it.

In strongly worded statements this month that bordered on hyperbole, current and past representatives of the US government urged Liberia to speed up electoral litigation proceedings for a peaceful transition of presidential power.

In response to the Liberian Supreme Court’s suspension of a runoff election that should […]

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    The impact of parliamentary debates on Ghana’s 2016 elections

The impact of parliamentary debates on Ghana’s 2016 elections

Both televised and radio debates increase informed and tolerant voter behaviour, boding well for peaceful elections in young democracies, say Sarah Brierly, Eric Kramon and George Ofosu.

Electoral debates have a long history in democratic politics. The most famous such event was the televised interaction between Kennedy and Nixon in 1960. Today, debates are held in over 60 countries across […]

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    Is Liberia’s Sirleaf really standing up for women? #LiberiaDecides

Is Liberia’s Sirleaf really standing up for women? #LiberiaDecides

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Korto Reeves Williams say that President Sirleaf’s promise to campaign for women candidates in Liberia’s upcoming elections comes too little, too late.
In a public statement earlier in August 2017, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first woman elected head of state – vowed to campaign actively for female candidates running in presidential and legislative elections in […]

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