African Elections

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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    The Tyranny of Numbers on Social Media during Kenya’s 2017 Elections

The Tyranny of Numbers on Social Media during Kenya’s 2017 Elections

Noah Miller analyses whether the impact of social media on the 2017 Kenya elections has been exaggerated. This article is part of our African Elections series.

 

At a roundtable discussion about hate speech held at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications a few days prior to Kenya’s August 8 2017 elections, I was asked if Kenya […]

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 […]

  • Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo shakes hands with Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga during his inauguration
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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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