In this remarkable insider account of the birth of modern election monitoring, Professor Stephen Chan discusses the challenges facing election monitors and asks the big questions: why do observers often pull their punches? Has observation has outlived its usefulness? What can be done to improve it? Read his article first on Democracy in Africa …
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10 December 2017: 12:00pm In our final interview for the elections in Ghana, Nic Cheeseman looks at the emerging result and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead for the NPP.
Wednesday 7th December, 15:30pm. In our second interview with Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman on the elections in Ghana, we talk about the opposition’s growing confidence in their lead and the room for vote rigging within the system.
Co-editor Nic Cheeseman talks to us from Ghana, arguing that the opposition can be cautiously optimistic 7th December 23:30pm (GMT):
On the eve of the US election, Robtel Neajai Pailey reflects on what the outcome could mean for the African continent. Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the anti-corruption children’s book, Gbagba.
Some commentators are claiming that the Jubilee Party have the 2017 in the bag. Taking a look at both the history of past parties and the current political landscape, Nic Cheeseman argues that we cannot be so sure. This blog was originally published in Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation.
In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman highlights the importance of democratic ideas and memories in the ongoing struggles for democratisation across the continent.
Our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock shared some early thoughts on the local election results in South Africa. This post was written on Saturday morning, more analysis will follow after the final election results are announced.
Nic Cheeseman takes a look at the recent contestation over the Electoral Commission in Kenya, in which protesting citizens were brutally repressed by the police. Nic asks what the chances are for meaningful reform and what this tells us about Kenyatta’s personality as president.
Sebastian Elischer takes a closer look at the recent elections in Niger. He shows that the current division between the opposition and the government are not a recent phenomenon but the outcome of the highly personalist nature of Nigerien politics. Twenty five years after the liberalization of Niger’s political system, Niamey’s political elite shows little […]