Nigeria Forum: IDPs, Boko Haram and elections likely to be settled by the courts – By Idayat Hassan

It is no longer news that Nigeria is heading, with breakneck speed towards elections on Feb 14 and 28. Beyond the familiar issues of analysis, such as the country’s bifurcation along religious or regional  lines and the newly identified “˜Buhari tsunami,’ the likelihood of elections being held in the three north eastern states of Adamawa, …

Nigeria’s 2019 elections: The preparations, people and prospects by Idayat Hassan

With less than a year to go, how are preparations going? Who is running? What will be the key issues? It is now less than a year before Nigeria’s critical general elections. In those polls, currently scheduled for 16 February and 2 March 2019, tens of millions of citizens will vote in what could be some of …

The First Blockchain-Backed Presidential Election Just Took Place in Sierra Leone

On March 7, 2018 the world’s first blockchain-backed presidential vote took place in Sierra Leone. As election suspense heightened, a Swiss blockchain startup, Agora, was working hard behind the scenes to help process and tally the results using blockchain technology. In this particular election, Agora utilized a custom permissioned blockchain technology that it has built over the last …

Preliminary Statement of the EU EOM for the presidential, parliamentary and local councils elections in Sierra Leone

Preliminary Statement of the EU EOM Sierra Leone 2018 for the presidential, parliamentary and local councils elections held on 7 March, presented by the Chief Observer, Jean Lambert. This Preliminary Statement is delivered prior to the completion of the election process. The final assessment of the elections will depend in part on the conduct of …

African Union Election Observation Mission to the 2018 General elections in the Republic OF Sierra Leone

COMMUNIQUE Freetown, 9 March 2018 I. INTRODUCTION The African Union deployed 40 observers including 8 long term observers who will continue to remain in the country to observe post-election developments. This Statement is made taking cognizance of the fact that the electoral process is still ongoing with votes being tallied. The Statement presents the Mission’s …

SIERRA LEONE GENERAL ELECTIONS 2018: COMMONWEALTH OBSERVER GROUP INTERIM STATEMENT 07 March 2018

Statement by:HE John Dramani Mahama, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Sierra Leone This is the Interim Statement of the Commonwealth Observer Group,and it is issued with the results process yet to be formally completed. The Commonwealth Observer Group commends the people of Sierra Leone for the peaceful and orderly manner you went about …