• Election Thoughts: South Africa, 8 May 2019

    Election Thoughts: South Africa, 8 May 20190

    Along with many of you on the 8th May, I made a difficult decision regarding which party to vote for in South Africa’s National elections – more difficult than any of the previous 10 (if you include the Municipal elections) were. In one respect, I take that as a positive thing, because competition is good,

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  • Who to vote for: South African National Elections 2019

    Who to vote for: South African National Elections 20190

    For those of us who don’t reflexively vote for the same political party in every election, regardless of contextual details like their performance, their choice of candidates, and of course their policy platforms, the 2019 National Elections (May 8) might well be the most confounding choice we’ve ever faced. None of the candidates are not

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  • Joyce Banda’s Return and the Unstable Nature of Malawi Politics

    Joyce Banda’s Return and the Unstable Nature of Malawi Politics0

    After almost four years away, former president Joyce Banda finally returned to Malawi on 28 April 2018, stepping on home soil for the first time since she lost the 2014 elections. Since her homecoming, she has been quick to criticise the current government, but has remained vague on her next steps, simply emphasising that “this

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  • DR Congo: An Electoral Commission under Kabila’s orders

    DR Congo: An Electoral Commission under Kabila’s orders0

    There are ten months left for the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but there is no evidence that these elections will take place. And even if they take place on December 23, 2018 as planned, there is no guarantee that they will be free, transparent and democratic. Among the concerns of the

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  • What Somalia Can Teach Kenya On Elections And Power Transitions

    What Somalia Can Teach Kenya On Elections And Power Transitions0

    Incumbents losing an election and graciously conceding is not what most associate with the continent, let alone Somalia. By contrast, the Kenyan experience is rather typical. Here, no incumbent President has ever lost an election. Whether by hook but more often by crook, they manage to cling onto either the end of their terms or

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  • Kenya’s Biggest Electoral Problem? Not Solving Electoral Problems

    Kenya’s Biggest Electoral Problem? Not Solving Electoral Problems0

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth famously declared 1992 an “annus horribilis”, one which, she said, she wouldn’t look back with undiluted pleasure. For many around the world, 2016 has similarly turned out to be a horrible year. From the deaths of several pop culture icons; to the millions forced to flee senseless killing and destruction in the

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  • Democracy, my foot

    Democracy, my foot0

    Like many other Ugandans, whatever illusions I might have had about our being a “democracy” were quashed in February. But, every now and then I chance upon something that extols our democratic virtues. Government literature, especially. It’s rare to read a government report whose foreword or introduction does not include a reminder about how far

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