Observers regularly face dangers owing to political instability, insecurity, violence and other crises in some countries.
Whichever way the ongoing armed conflict ends, the loser will be Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi.
Electoral violence, low voter turnout, ethnic politics and voters’ suppression were notable features of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
The new coalition government must act quickly to address the kingdom’s massive socio-economic problems, and restore faith in democracy.
The new governing coalition enters office amid euphoria and excitement. There are great expectations it will end corruption and fix the ailing economy.
Despite their pretensions to support reforms, it is clear that successive governments are not interested in the reform.
The 2024 presidential election is shaping up to give Senegalese a significant and competitive election, leaving voters in the driver’s seat.
Angola’s 2022 election is the first in which citizens born after the war are old enough to vote.
The presence of fringe presidential contenders is a marker of maturing democracies.
Lesotho has done a good job of curbing the powers of its monarch and making its electoral system inclusive.
The whole idea behind independent candidates is the hope that their inclusion might improve the accountability of parliamentarians to the voters. The bill doesn’t do that.
In principle, political debates should showcase an aspiring leader’s vision. It’s a lofty goal given their current format in Kenya.
The MPLA is using all instruments at its disposal to hobble a new united opposition front ahead of the Angola election.
Kiir and Machar have been pivotal figures in most of South Sudan’s short history as an independent nation.
South Africans are increasingly dissatisfied with democracy because of its failure to address inequality.
Most citizens feel that it is pointless to vote because it won’t change anything.
Leaders typically spread power among their ‘rival allies’ to keep it and co-opt enough of those elites in exchange for political support.
Study shows that Mozambique 1992 peace agreement was never the success it was claimed to be. The country’s democracy remains weak.
The deteriorating situation prompted regional leaders to intervene in a bid to restore peace and stability.
Turnout was low. But not equally so across the board. Patterns show it was not a statement by all voters – it was a message from ANC supporters.