Distrust of the electoral commission runs deep in the opposition, which may well lead to increased tensions ahead of and following the polls.
Opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyangulanyi has repeatedly been underestimated by government supporters and critics since he first ran for parliament.
Is authoritarianism on the rise on the continent? Or is democracy doing well? Nic Cheeseman discusses.
For all of the shortcomings of Nyerere’s regime, his ideas continue to inspire Tanzanians fighting for a more equal and democratic future, over 20 years after his death.
Social media reach is greatest among younger voters, who have integrated online platforms more closely into their personal lives.
Mkapa, who penned an autobiography, had an impressive record in building state institutions. But his reign was marked by killings and political suppression.
For democracy to work in Kenya the country needs good leadership. Politicians must uphold the constitution to infuse trust and confidence in state institutions.
Even in the most tense and dangerous of moments, the elite has found a way to come back together.
Political legacies generated during authoritarian rule have a tendency to transcend into the multiparty era.
The ICC must not further destroy its credibility by cooperating with the sorts of bad actors who should be before a court themselves.
A new round of elections offers an opportunity to strengthen civil and political freedoms.
In a surprising change in trends, citizens in many African countries increasingly support government restrictions of press freedom.
More than half of Nigeria's 51% registered voters are aged between 18-35 years.
Facebook retired its 'Move fast and break things' slogan – perhaps because, as new research from Brazil confirms, democracy is among the things left broken by online misinformation and fake news.
Cameroon's Anglophone crisis must be addressed by the president within the first hundred days.
Weary Kenyans are entitled to wonder if the latest referendum push will be any different from the past two.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's grip on power remains strong but pockets of dissent are emerging from digital platforms.
Bobi Wine entered the political arena with a relatively consistent background of politically critical music.
South Africa's Constitutional Court judgment shows concern that the independence of the country's prosecuting authority has been compromised.
Togo illustrates the difficulty of moving away from personalised politics.