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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    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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    #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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