Since parties always need money, forcing them to depend on private funders means throwing them into the hands of donors who will demand favours for their cash.
As key opposition members lose seats in their strongholds, it is clear that Tanzania's ruling party is set to establish a super-majority that will institute a deeper authoritarian agenda.
The country has built a fairly good reputation for well-functioning, democratic governance.
The full benefits of digital democracy are being thwarted by digital exclusion that is driven by the high cost of data.
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.
International observation will not insulate controversial polls – such as Tanzania's in October – from malpractices, but will make them less likely and allow them to be exposed.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most -- but voters might split their votes.
Citizens have been denied their right to elect officials at the grassroots and this has allowed the central government to maintain rigid control of the country's regions.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.
Far from the myth of the omnipotent father of the nation, big man or dictator, the Kenyan presidential system was built on divisions and uncertainty.
African countries need to make a concerted effort to establish a continental two-term policy.
The gap between the continent’s most democratic and authoritarian regions is likely to continue to grow.
President Alassane Ouattara (78) has been blowing hot and cold on whether he'll be seeking a third term.
The challenge for the deepening of South Africa’s democracy is that the very existence of vanguardism prevents the realisation of empowered citizens.
The success of Malawi’s democratic dispensation will be measured on the extent to which it delivers public goods – opportunities, development, accountability – for the people.
For democracy to work in Kenya the country needs good leadership. Politicians must uphold the constitution to infuse trust and confidence in state institutions.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised inclusive decision-making informed by scientific evidence. Such an approach would serve to depoliticise and rationalise decision-making.
History will judge Nkurunziza as a man who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule.
Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.
Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.