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Julius Nyerere’s ideas and legacy remain objects of debate in contemporary politics, especially in an election year. Getty Images

A contested legacy: Julius Nyerere and the 2020 Tanzanian election

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.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at a campaign rally ahead of the 2019 general elections. Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images

Why a rise in court cases is bad for democracy in Nigeria

One year after the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, courts and not the electorate, are busy deciding actual winners of the polls.
Electoral commission officers count votes after the polls were closed during the 2019 General elections. Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria: why having fewer political parties isn’t enough

Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission recently deregistered some political parties, leading to debates over whether this was a step in the right direction.
Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory following a re-run in 2017. EFE-EPA/Daniel Irungu

Discrediting elections: why the opposition playbook carries risks

By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively.
Peter Mutharika during his inauguration as the President of Malawi last May. A court has annnulled his election. Amos Gumulira/AFP via Getty Images

Will bold landmark election ruling improve Malawian democracy?

Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?

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