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African National Congress treasurer Paul Mashatile wants more money for political parties from the government. Antonio Muchave/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Why South Africans need to give political parties more money

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.
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.

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