#AnambraDecides 2021: Post-election Report

Key Takeaway The Anambra governorship election experience is an indication of the difficulties that might affect the conduct of the 2023 general elections as insecurity spreads and deepens in most parts of the country. The failure of the current democratic dispensation to cater to citizens’ socio-economic wellbeing and safety, expectations that politicians with the biggest …

Anambra Election 2021: Low Voter-Turnout Expected Amid IPOB Fears

With the off-cycle Anambra elections scheduled to hold in a few days, the feasibility of the election has been the subject of widespread commentary. This uncertainty that has trailed discussions of the elections have been a result of the deteriorating security situation in the state. Two security situations with strong implications on the election include …

Insecurity and Covid-19: Threats to Electoral Democracy in Africa

By Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim More than 13 African countries are scheduled to hold or have already held, parliamentary or presidential elections in 2021. Reflective of the democratic backsliding observed on the continent in recent years, more than a third of these polls are likely to be little more than political theatre – aimed at garnering …

Crafting Credible Election Commissions in West Africa

By Professor L. Adele Jinadu The crass and partisan manipulation of African electoral management bodies (EMBs) was a central feature of the legacy of abuse that successor regimes to colonial rule in Africa inherited and perpetuated. Embedded in partisan politics through “outright control” by successor regimes, EMBs became “ineffectual mechanisms for democratically managing diversity”. To …

Personal Data and the Influence Industry in Nigerian Elections

In Nigeria’s 2015 election, Cambridge Analytica (CA) spread targeted disinformation to suppress opposition votes and allegedly released sensitive medical and financial information about then opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. In 2018, the Nigerian government formed a committee to investigate, amongst others, CA’s 2015 activities and promised criminal prosecutions if necessary. However, two years on, there has …

It is time to start taking West Africa’s legislative contests more seriously

By Kojo Asante Parliamentary elections were scheduled in as many as 16 African countries in 2020 but due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic four of these polls were postponed. In 2021, a further ten countries are scheduled to hold legislative votes. Despite the frequency of these elections, rarely do they attract significant …

New Allegiances, Familiar Faces A Preview of Edo’s 2020 Gubernatorial Election

As Edo State voters prepare to head to the polls for the 19 September gubernatorial election, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is closely monitoring the democratic process. CDD’s observation of the electoral process in Edo State, which is also informed by the guidelines of Nigeria’s electoral regulatory body, the Independent National Electoral Commission …