Electoral reforms are important before Nigerians go to the polls in 2023
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Nigeria must fix its electoral system before the next general elections in 2023.
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.
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Are the conditions ripe in the US for violence before, during or after the presidential election?
A campaign poster of John Magufuli of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party who is seeking re-election as president in October.
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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.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has never had a peaceful transition of power.
The US has sent troops to countries neighbouring the Democratic Republic of Congo in anticipation of violence and unrest once the election results are announced.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen weaves a traditional cotton scarf In Phnom Penh in June. He won the recent Cambodia election in a landslide after literally rigging the vote by banning the main opposition party, among other tricks.
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The re-election of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen contributes to the growing global democratic crisis. Here's why.
The transformative nature of our move to a data-driven economy and society means that any data strategy will have long-lasting effects. That’s why the Canadian government needs to ask the right questions to the right people in its ongoing national consultations.
The Canadian government is right to hold public consultations on digital and data transformation given how profoundly it affects society at large. But the scope is far too narrow.
From God’s mouth to a ballot box near you.
Many African elections are less than ideal. But is the rest of the world really that much better?
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and his successor Muhammadu Buhari.
Claims about Cambridge Analytica's role in elections in Nigeria and Kenya have been overstated.
How does a regime with 20 percent approval win reelection?
President Nicolás Maduro has announced he will run for reelection, a sign that Venezuela's authoritarian regime now has an electoral strategy for beating the opposition.
Swearing in Venezuela’s newly elected state governors.
By resorting to all means necessary, Nicolás Maduro's government has clawed its way back from the brink of collapse.
The US compares relatively poorly with equivalent countries when it comes to voter registration.
There are good reasons to be concerned about the procedures used for voter registration in many countries, including many long-established democracies.
People queued to cast their votes in Kenya’s election. The final results have yet to be released.
Despite concerns about corruption, the high cost of living and a stagnating economy, Kenyans may have handed Uhuru Kenyatta a second term.
Passports for polling booths should not be a vote winner.
Voting doesn’t mean much in Kazakhstan.
Donald Trump is wrong: the US election can't be rigged. But it's a different story in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Gabon and Mexico.
Research shows voters penalise candidates who make accusations of fraud that aren’t credible, especially if they lose by a wide margin.
Some advice for Trump from Mexico, a place that knows something about contested elections: nobody likes a sore loser.
Protesters in Paris against Gabonese President Ali Bongo with placards reading: 1967-2016, 50 years in power is enough!
Gabon has the lowest trust ratings of any election commission among the 36 African countries surveyed by Afrobarometer.
Roch Marc Kabore addresses supporters after winning Burkina Faso’s presidential elections.
Voting for national leaders has become the global norm in a remarkably short time – in Africa in 1988, only 25% of countries had multiparty elections, but 94% do today. Yet all is not well.
Vendors sell bananas in an open market in a village near Bujumbura. Burundians are being driven deeper into poverty.
Whenever the crisis in Burundi is discussed, the economy is often overlooked, even though it is central to understanding the backdrop to the most severe crisis since the end of the civil war.
Omar al-Bashir – the people’s choice (for what that’s worth)
Despite an African Union report warning the election would not be fair, the vote looks set to extend Omar al-Bashir's 26-year rule.
The most serious risks to electoral integrity usually arise from disparities in political finance and media coverage during a campaign.
Many recent elections have ended with bitter disputes about electoral integrity. The issue is perhaps best exemplified by partisan divisions in the United States over Republican allegations of voter fraud…