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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.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, the leader of the New Zealand First party, maintains that no laws have been broken in his party’s funding arrangements. AAP/Paul Braven

NZ deputy PM under fire, but maintains no laws broken in party donations scandal

The New Zealand First party, a government coalition partner, has received tens of thousands of dollars from a foundation whose trustees include the party’s lawyer and an ex-MP.
AEC disclosures revealed Malcolm Turnbull to be the single biggest donor to a political party in 2016-17. AAP/Dan Peled

The truth about political donations: there is so much we don’t know

The annual February festival of lampooning the largest visible donor lulls Australians into a false sense of security that there is a functioning political donations disclosure regime in place.
One Nation is in hot water over the leak of a secret recording that reveals James Ashby suggesting a plan to scam public funds. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull seeks legal advice on Hanson’s staffer Ashby

At an extraordinary news conference, Hanson staffer James Ashby admitted the revelation was ‘embarrassing’, adding that it was a ‘poor choice of words on my behalf’.
Calls for Brazilian President Michel Temer’s ouster are growing louder due to allegations of government corruption. Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Brazil’s tide against corruption swells

Brazil’s political crisis is spiraling to a new level amid the release of recordings that allegedly caught the president authorizing a bribe. Fixing this mess will take more than a personnel change.
The idea of regulating what is ‘true’ in political speech is neither new nor easy. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Time to tighten the reins on politicians and their ‘truths’

‘Mediscare’, Brexit and the negative-gearing campaign have all demonstrated that it is time for tighter regulation on truth in political advertising.

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