African Elections

Social media fuels tribal hate after #ElectionsKE

Verah Okeyo discusses how hashtags created as a tool for campaigning on social media became a forum to spread ethnic hatred. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

Kenya’s internet penetration stands at 88 per cent, arguably the highest in Africa, a technological advantage that has been used in the recent general election to perpetuate tribal hate.

Hashtags that […]

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    Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Why Local Concerns will Dominate Kenya’s Elections #ElectionsKE 2017

Mai Hassan and Alex Dyzenhaus explain how devolution of power to Kenya’s 47 counties is transforming the 2017 elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

On August 8, Kenyans will go to the polls.  Much attention has focused on the national race between the two main presidential competitors: incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party and Raila Odinga heading […]

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    Contesting ‘Le Glissement’: Analysis of Election Gridlocks and Constitutional Coup in DRC

Contesting ‘Le Glissement’: Analysis of Election Gridlocks and Constitutional Coup in DRC

Buhendwa Mema discusses the continuing political deadlock in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gives an insight into how President Kabila’s regime has capitalised on a fragmented opposition to prolong its administration.

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo, a country known for its natural resource paradox with untapped raw mineral ores worth $24 trillion and an impoverished population is entering a […]

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    How to stop electoral corruption-What Kenya’s NASA can learn from Ghana’s NPP

How to stop electoral corruption-What Kenya’s NASA can learn from Ghana’s NPP

Ahead of the Kenya’s elections in August 2017, Lolan Sagoe-Moses looks at what the country’s opposition can learn from Ghana’s New Patriotic Party.
Some analysts have recently drawn parallels between Kenya’s upcoming elections and Ghana’s 2016 contest. Both Raila Odinga and Nana Akufo-Addo are scions of political dynasties, veteran civil rights campaigners and — until the latter’s recent election — opposition leaders. Moreover, the […]

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    Book Review: Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 election by J. Oloka-Onyango & Josephine Ahikire (eds)

Book Review: Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 election by J. Oloka-Onyango & Josephine Ahikire (eds)

In light of recent debates about the need to decolonise education across Africa, Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 election provides well-researched, broadly insightful articles predominantly authored by lecturers and affiliates of one of Uganda’s foremost academic institutions. It is an important, comprehensive and timely collation of material on the increasingly authoritarian character of the state in Uganda, says Jamie Hitchen.

In […]

How to Create a Winning Coalition for #Zimbabwe2018

LSE’s McDonald Lewanika discusses the possibilities and prospects of an opposition coalition in the upcoming presidential elections in Zimbabwe in 2018 through analysis of the 2008 and 2013 polls and examines the insights they might hold for the future success of an opposition coalition.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

The need for a “grand” coalition of opposition […]

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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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