The changes proposed by the initiative are were well-addressed in the country's 2010 Constitution.
The trouble is that the ANC's branch structure, designed initially as a means of grassroots democracy at work, is in a mess.
President John Magufuli won a second term by a contested landslide and looks set to take even greater control of Tanzania's democratic space.
Tanzania's October poll shows that elections are purely performative for governments which do not adhere to the basic tenets of democracy.
Magufuli took a populist approach in trying to woo voters away from an invigorated opposition, and when that didn't work he reported to oppressive tactics.
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.
For 10 years, Kenya's legislators have failed to enact a law to implement a two-thirds gender rule set down in the 2010 constitution, despite numerous court rulings.
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.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most -- but voters might split their votes.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.
African countries need to make a concerted effort to establish a continental two-term policy.
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.
The Building Bridges Initiative is best understood by recognising that Kenyan politics is fundamentally shaped by competition between political elites and their ethnic groups.
South Africa's Constitutional Court verdict is possibly a defining moment for South Africa's electoral system.
Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.
Africa is now formally free of colonial rule. Yet, the aim of remembering and furthering the fight for self determination remains relevant as ever.
Will President Pierre Nkurunziza peacefully relinquish office after the May poll?
One year after the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, courts and not the electorate, are busy deciding actual winners of the polls.