Former president of Ghana John Mahama (R) with members of the Commonwealth observer mission to Kenya in 2017. (Photo/Commonwealth/Flickr).

To The Music Of ‘Democracy Is Dying’, 12 African Countries Head To The Polls In 2019: How Will It End?

There is proliferation of progressive forces at all levels of African politics. They are exposing and combating corruption and other abuses of power.


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Blast from an anti-Mugabe past. (Photo/ Eric Fidler/Flickr).

Ahead Of July 30 Vote, Can Zimbabwe Finally Get Rid Of Its History Of Violence And Media Repression?

Mnangagwa has backtracked from Mugabe’s more confrontational rhetoric. Zimbabwe’s ruling party now uses cliches like “fresh start”, “new dispensation”, and “open for business”. The talk has been matched by some action.


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Joao Lourenco and MPLA supporters. (Photo/Manuel de Almeida/EPA).

Angola’s Ruling Rarty Retains Power, But Faces Legitimacy Test As It Also Lost Support Across The Country

Vote tallying was a fiasco. The landslide by long-ruling MPLA was potentially a total fabrication.


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Kenya election officials had to be very creative earlier in the year during voter registration in the remote parts of the country. They will need to repeat the feat to pull off a credible vote. (Photo/IEBC/FB).

As Kenya Votes On August 8, A Breakdown Of What You Need To Know About The Elections

This is a replica of the 2013 polls where the two presidential candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, were the dominant opponents.


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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (r) and his deputy William Ruto (l) at a campaign rally in Aldai, North Rift in June 2017. (Photo/ Uhuru Kenyatta on Facebook)

Campaign Financing In Africa, Plus Kenya’s Strange Equilibrium Of Laws That Are Written, Then Promptly Trashed

Why does Kenya have a plethora of election laws that it expertly drafts, and then enthusiastically ignores? And why do some other countries have hardly anything on paper, but their practice is far above and beyond?