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 …

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 …

The Futility of Elections: Rethinking Democracy in East Africa

By Su Muhereza and Eshban Kwesiga Despite their frequency and venerated place in the functioning of democracies, elections in East Africa are increasingly violent, plagued by coercion and widespread irregularities and tend to exacerbate existing socio-political tensions without resulting in meaningful political change, improved quality of governance or citizen participation. Recent polls in Rwanda, the …

FACT-CHECK: Kano APC Chairman Has Not Been Sacked By Party

Verdict: False! Claim: On Friday, December 4, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim by Labarai24 and ArewaBlog that the Kano State Chairman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Abbas, has been sacked by the party. The online blogs reported that Abbas was sacked as chairman of the …

Mali’s 2020 Coup: How did we get here?

Mali has been facing a serious socio-political crisis that has threatened to tear the country apart since March when the constitutional court overturned 31 provisional parliamentary election results, many in favour of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s (IBKs) party. The overturn exacerbated pre-existing political tension across the country and led citizens to protest. The main opposition …