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Some Nigerian women displaying their voter cards at a polling units during one of the country’s elections. Photo:aap/ Peter Obe. https://photos.aap.com/Peter Obe

Money is breaking democracy in Nigeria

Nigeria’s 23rd year of unbroken democratic rule will be celebrated on 12 June 2022.
A burnt car in the middle of a road following deadly clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party at Kofa in Bebeji district of Kano, economic nerve centre of northern Nigeria. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images.

There’s violence every election season in Nigeria: what can be done to stop it

All actors in the electoral processes in Nigeria must work together to ensure peaceful elections.
A still featuring opposition leader Nelson Chamisa from the film President (2021). Louverture Films/President/Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

A new film about Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections is worth watching, but flawed

The award-winning documentary - now on in South Africa - follows opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. But it spends too much time in meetings instead of giving insight into the bigger picture.
A policeman beats up a journalist in Kampala outside the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers during a protest at the temporary closure of two newspapers by armed police in May 2013. Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images

Why working as a journalist in Uganda is particularly tough

Uganda media houses pay low wages and offer few development opportunities for journalists, which makes reporters more susceptible to bribes.
The U.S. was one of 33 countries to experience election-related violence in 2020 – the worst year for peaceful elections ever. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Election violence spiked worldwide in 2020 – will this year be better?

Elections are getting less safe in democracies and nondemocracies alike. Last year was the bloodiest year for elections in decades, with 54% of all national votes marred by some kind of violence.
A man carrying a club is seen as the Proud Boys, a right-wing pro-Trump group, gather with their allies in a rally against left-wing Antifa in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 26, 2020. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Election violence in November? Here’s what the research says

Are the conditions ripe in the US for violence before, during or after the presidential election?

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