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African elections: Latest News
Staff, 7:27 am
The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity — problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the continent. African democracies are in the process of coordinating a generation jump in technology. They have actually done a remarkable job by global standards. Electronic voting is not used in the UK, where people in wait while someone with a pencil draws a line through their name on a paper.
Kurt Davis Jr., 11:03 am AFKI Original
Presidential term limits are a slippery thing. Occasionally they can seem like a good idea. Most of the time, not so much. That’s what makes these five upcoming African elections so riveting. Everyone is watching to see who replaces Liberia’s popular Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — Africa’s first female president. Will it be a former soccer player, or the ex wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor? He was convicted of aiding crimes against humanity. She’s one of the most powerful woman in Liberian politics. Or it may be a former Coca-Cola executive, a former central bank governor or an attorney.
Staff, 6:51 am
Ghana’s opposition leader was declared the winner of presidential elections late Friday, securing the country’s highest office on his third attempt and helping to cement the West African nation’s reputation as a model for democracy on the continent. Nana Akufo-Addo, the 72-year old Oxford-educated lawyer and leader of the New Patriotic Party, accepted a concession from President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
Staff, 7:10 am
scrutiny continues to mount on the various factors that led to his taking the vote. One of the more poignant factors was the role women played, spurning Hillary Clinton. This, despite allegations of Trump’s sexual misconduct and that, by electing him, women’s and minority’s rights were under threat. Let me start with the minority voters. A much shared YouTube video shows Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, dismantling apologist arguments
Kevin Mwanza, 6:46 am
Ugandan police arrested two menbers of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), an opposition party, who marched outside the U.S. Embassy in Kampala in support of Donald Trump, the Republic presidential candidate in next month’s election. The party leadership however, distanced itself from the protesters who held placards with the words, ‘A vote for Trump is a vote against African dictatorship’,
Kevin Mwanza, 10:58 am
Rigging of elections to sway poll results in favor one party especially the incumbents’ in Africa has been drastically weakened by the rise in mobile phone technology and increased vigilance by civil society groups. Elections in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Benin were peacefully concluded without any disputes and were greatly helped by increased scrutiny from the citizens who used their mobile phones to keep track of the vote count.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:41 am
Africa has had a busy elections calendar in 2016. The year opened with a mixed bag of dramatic elections and referendum in the first quarter of the year. There has since been a haitus in Africa’s voting calendar that gave the continent a whiff of fresh air to refocus on socio-economic and security matters before the beginning of another polling season. August is now shaping up to be the ‘super month’ for elections on the continent with at least five elections scheduled to take place.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:34 am
March 20, 2016, was labeled ‘Super Sunday’ in Africa as elections took place in at least five countries on the continent. Voters in Benin, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Niger, Senegal and the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania we to the polls for presidential elections and a referendum. Some of the elections were a perfect example of democracy gone well, others were the exact opposite with intimidation, violence, and allegations of rigging reported.
Staff, 12:54 am
Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou enjoyed a strong lead in his quest for a second term as leader of the uranium-rich west African nation, according to partial results from elections that the opposition has slammed as rigged. With 3.18 million votes from Sunday’s election counted — representing a little over 40 percent of the 7.5-million strong electorate — the 63-year-old incumbent had just over 46 percent, well ahead of his closest rival, detained former parliamentary speaker Hama Amadou.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:03 am
Jittery investors at the Uganda Stock Exchange (USE) are exiting their equity portfolio for high-yielding safer government securities ahead of a hotly contest presidential election in a week’s time. Uganda’s presidential election is pitting the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 71, against his former close confidant Amama Mbabazi and opposition leader Kizza Besigye. There are concerns that the vote could turn violent.
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