African Elections

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    #DRCongo: where a decade of failed democracy has exposed the electoral fallacy

#DRCongo: where a decade of failed democracy has exposed the electoral fallacy

Dr Suda Perera argues that the current political crisis in DR Congo demonstrates that the idea that a fairly-won election is necessary to create a certain and solid basis for democratic state-building is faulty.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

In 2006, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held its first multi-party democratic elections in over 40 years after […]

Ghana Continues to be a Beacon for Democracy in Africa

Joseph Atsu Ayee provides a comprehensive overview of the 2016 elections in Ghana.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old flagbearer of the opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was declared the winner of Ghana’s 2016 presidential elections by the Electoral Commission (EC) more than 48 hours after the elections took place. […]

Democracy Takes Another Step Forward in #GhanaDecides 2016

Kafui Tsekpo and Alexander Afram analyse the implications behind the 2016 general elections in Ghana.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

Ballot papers for the December 7 general elections have been printed and distributed to all the 216 electoral districts in the country, paving the way for the opening of the polls on Wednesday at 7:00 GMT. The […]

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    Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the African continent

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the African continent

Ismaila Ceesay analyses the surprise defeat of President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia by Adama Barrow in the recent elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

Nestled inside Senegal like a ‘hotdog in a roll’, the Gambia is surrounded on all sides by its larger neighbour, except for its short Atlantic coastline. A micro-state, the Gambia is considered to […]

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    #GhanaDecides 2016 will be a Landmark Election for the West African Country

#GhanaDecides 2016 will be a Landmark Election for the West African Country

Samuel Gordor analyses the significance of the Ghana’s 2016 presidential election.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

The dynamics of the 2016 general election in Ghana scheduled for 7 December make it unique in our country’s political history. The result will mark either the first time an incumbent president has lost an election or the first time a […]

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    The National Electoral Commission is Under Scrutiny Ahead of #GhanaDecides 2016

The National Electoral Commission is Under Scrutiny Ahead of #GhanaDecides 2016

Joseph Atsu Ayee examines the challenges facing the Ghana Electoral Commission in what could be pivotal elections for the West African country.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

Ghana is considered one of the most resilient democracies in West Africa after two and a half decades of military rule and political instability. Since 1992, political governance, a necessary […]

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    Seven things to understand about elections in Ghana #GhanaDecides

Seven things to understand about elections in Ghana #GhanaDecides

George M Bob-Milliar and Jeffrey W Paller discuss everything you need to know about the Ghana’s 2016 elections.

Ghana is considered the beacon of democracy in Africa with two peaceful turnovers of power and no experience of widespread electoral violence. But ahead of the 7 December vote there are some areas of concern. There is a new, and untested, head […]

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    Gambia’s Opposition Unites to Take on President Jammeh #GambiaDecides

Gambia’s Opposition Unites to Take on President Jammeh #GambiaDecides

As Gambia heads to the polls on December 1 2016, Jeffrey Smith examines what is at stake.

On December 1, Gambians will vote in their country’s most consequential election since it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. For the first time, a unified political coalition will challenge Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s longtime dictator, only months after the most vigorous […]

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    Beyond Free Basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’s social media internet

Beyond Free Basics: Facebook, data bundles and Zambia’s social media internet

In the final article of a series looking at the role of digital technology and social media in Zambia’s recent elections, LSE’s Wendy Willems argues that mobile data bundles are crucial to the growing power of social media platforms in Zambia, increasingly creating a ‘social media internet’. They also pose a number of political challenges to mobile operators and […]

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    Facebook live-streaming, drones and swag selfies: youth culture and visual social media in #ZambiaDecides

Facebook live-streaming, drones and swag selfies: youth culture and visual social media in #ZambiaDecides

Digital technology is transforming the way in which elections are held globally, including on the African continent. With young voters comprising a substantial part of the electorate, political campaigning is increasingly shifting online. As LSE’s Wendy Willems argues in the second article of a series about the role of digital technology and social media in Zambia’s recent elections, political […]

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