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A campaign poster of John Magufuli of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party who is seeking re-election as president in October. Ericky Boniphace/AFP via Getty Images)

How to hold elections safely and uphold democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic

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.
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.
A strong judiciary isn’t enough to keep democracy in place. Kenya’s Supreme Court decision nullifying the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta is a case in point. Reuters/Baz Ratner

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
Kenyan opposition supporter is confronted by policy during clashes in Nairobi. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Why elections don’t always equal democracy: the case of Kenya

Elections, even free and competitive ones, don't always mean that a country is more democratic. Instead of weakening the elite’s grip on power, elections might actually make them stronger.
National Super Alliance supporters demonstrating for the sacking of election officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

How Kenya’s political leaders are adding to the prolonged election crisis

Despite avenues for legal redress, the solution to Kenya’s constitutional crisis is political. The leadership on both sides of the political divide must reach an agreement for the sake of the nation.

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