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How to make electoral technology work

...was actually a success. Civil society groups and Cord have understandably complained about the use of multiple registers and the possibility that some people who did not register actually voted, but no one can deny that the voter register in 2013 represented a vast improvement on previous years. Most significantly, over a million “ghost voters” were excluded, which meant that it was not possible to dramatically inflate the votes for a candidate b...

Is African Democracy in Crisis?

...w, King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS To see more details and register for free, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tli-signature-lecture-series-professor-nic-cheeseman-is-african-democracy-in-crisis-tickets-37619976362   Abstract: African democracy is in decline. The quality of civil liberties is falling, and has been for some time. Presidents are removing the term limits intended to constrain them, and the average quality of elec...

Resistance Bureau! Next live show 22 July! Sign up!

...ion. Join us on 22 July at: 6pm Addis Abeba/Nairobi 5pm Paris/Cairo/Cape Town 4pm London/Casablanca/Kinshasa 3pm Dakar/Accra 11am New York Register here: https://www.theresistancebureau.com/...

How to ensure digital access to information in Africa

...rgely concerned with the free flow of digital information and unrestricted online communication and file-sharing, efforts to promote freedom of information in most African countries are fundamentally focused on championing citizen’s right to access government-held information – with limited success so-far. Even though more and more African countries are adopting so-called Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, too many of them remain unimplemented and...

Why villagers love Uhuru and urbanites don’t back him

...ection was rigged. Although 60 per cent rate the presidential election as ‘completely free and fair’, 23 per cent believe that it was ‘not free and fair’. Unsurprisingly, this rises to 42 per cent in Nyanza, but the proportion of people who dispute the election result is also high in Nairobi (32 per cent). Moreover, almost all Kenyans agree that the presidential election was the least free and fair of the six contests, with the elections for gover...

How fighting fake news hurts free speech

...iting freedom of expression even in cases of public health threats. This recommendation can still be used to combat fake news as long as the impact on freedom of expression is minimal. At the continental level, freedom of expression is protected by Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa issued a recently press statement expressing concerns a...

Election monitoring neither free nor fair

...independence elections in Zimbabwe. Since then, election observation has become a regular feature all over the world and many international organisations, official agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations, field observation teams. They all use similar methodologies, largely derived or developed from the original 1980 model. A third of a century later, has the use of electoral observation outlived its usefulness – or is it, itself, being...

Rafael Marques free

...esponse to his recent book, which documented the human rights abuses faced by miners and villagers in Lunda Norte, the diamond region of the country, and named seven generals and two mining companies as being complicit in those abuses. As a result of the settlement yesterday, Rafael can now continue to follow the human rights situation in Lunda Norte, which the generals have committed to improve.  ...

Uganda: Election secured, support uncertain.

...wealthy donors. Gaining an institutional advantage The partisan Electoral Commission (EC) in Uganda is another bonus to Museveni. The long-time chair of the EC, Badru Kiggundu, has repeatedly condemned Besigye’s ‘defiance’ politics. On the eve of elections, he also implied that opposition politicians—the so-called ‘doomsday advocates’—were planning to stuff ballot boxes.The opposition has called for electoral reforms, not least to ensure an indep...

TODAY! African Perspectives on the crisis of democracy in America

...ers: Dr. Sithembile Mbete Patrick Gathara Omoyele Sowore Register: https://www.theresistancebureau.com/ Watch live: https://youtu.be/JSOutMM_zyA Dr. Sithembile Mbete is a widely respected and oft-quoted political scientist who has developed a reputation as one of the most insightful commentators on South African affairs and international politics. Now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, Dr. Mbet...