Forced smiles? Sadiq v Zac.
British mayors first appeared eight centuries before the current election campaigns.
A political police force?
Many of us will be able to vote for police chiefs next month, but has the system managed to soothe the concerns of its critics?
Keiko Fujimori, enjoying it while she can.
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Peru's democracy has been relatively stable for most of the 21st century, but its elections are famously lurid and chaotic.
A Nigerien voter makes his feelings felt.
African elections and referendums are still a heady mixture of the graceful and the shameless.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fields questions from reporters in Dover, New Hampshire.
A partisan media landscape has made it almost impossible for journalists to avoid charges of bias when calling out a candidate's dishonesty.
Old enough to break down? Electronic voting machines.
Decade-old computer equipment underpins the country's most important civic process. What happens when it breaks down?
Votes are counted during Minnesota’s Democratic caucus.
America is not a shining example for developing democracies. Many of the electoral issues arise long before a single vote is cast.
What does a formal ballot look like after the government’s Senate voting changes?
What do Australians need to know when they go to vote for their senators in this year’s federal election?
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The US's long history of inventive campaign soundtracks seems lost on this year's contenders.
The Iranian presidential election protests in 2009 reached Oslo.
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Election monitoring has become an international norm for maintaining electoral integrity. A new survey finds a world of difference between the high hopes and dire realities of poll-watching.
The Flemish historian and writer David Van Reybrouck has recently triggered a minor sensation in the Low Countries by insisting that Western democracies are suffering so much election fatigue (electoral…
Riot police detain a supporter of Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda’s leading opposition party, as they break up a campaign procession.
The heavy-handed tactics used by Uganda's authorities during the 2016 elections have raised questions about a return to an oppressive past.
Here we go again.
Uganda's president has ruled for three decades – and the opposition is getting stagnant too.
Opposing a candidate is more confidence-building, and action-driving, than supporting one.
Opposition inspires more confidence in one's position than support and also helps to turn judgments into actions. This helps explain why attack ads are a crucial tool in politicians' arsenals.
But did you vote for the candidate that best matches your beliefs?
Even with free, private ballots, a quarter of us still end up voting for the 'wrong' presidential candidate. Here's how to make sure you vote for the one who best matches your beliefs and hopes.
Voting in Uganda’s Karamoja region.
The Ugandan police refuse to 'hand over power to the opposition to destabilise the peace we fought for'.
With Iowa out of the way, the first true primary ballot is finally here.
President Jacob Zuma surprised South Africans by offering to pay back public money spent on his private home.
Jacob Zuma has backtracked on two major decisions in under two months – first after he fired his finance minister; now he says he’ll pay back public money spent on his lavish Nkandla homestead.
Form an orderly line.
One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
A truck bearing the image of Uganda’s President Museveni.
Regular changes of government through free and fair elections that reflect the wishes of the majority of citizens are a critical component of democratisation. But how significant are polls in Africa?