#RwandaDecides: Paul Kagame wins third term election by a landslide

 Incumbent leader Paul Kagame swept to a landslide victory in Rwanda’s presidential election, securing a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power, final results showed on Saturday. Kagame has won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 […]

#RwandaDecides And Lessons For Nigeria’s Electoral Commission by Ademola Adeeko

 I am pretty much amazed at the conduct of the just concluded Presidential Elections in Rwanda and I must confess that saying; “I’m impressed”, is really an understatement. From the campaigns, to the electioneering and the declaration of the winner, the Rwandan electoral body seem to have put in place a highly functional mechanism that […]

#KenyaDecides: Meet the eight candidates for Kenya’s 2017 presidential elections

 Eight candidates are vying to become the next president of Kenya in the upcoming August 8, 2017 general elections. The all-male candidates were cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in May leaving behind five aspirants who failed to meet the requirements of contesting. The lucky eight include two heavyweights: incumbent President Uhuru […]

#RwandaDecides: What you need to know about the Rwandan presidential poll

  Thomas Stubbs, University of Cambridge and Pamela Abbott, University of Aberdeen On 4 August 2017, Rwandans head to the polls to elect a president. They will choose between Frank Habineza, Philippe Mpayimana and the incumbent Paul Kagame. Most observers expect a landslide victory for Kagame. But there’s controversy around the election because of a […]

Africa’s Hidden Government Debt Burden

 Nigeria’s accumulated government debt is just 18.6 per cent of its annual economic output, one of the lowest levels in the world, implying that its debt burden is more than manageable. But is this a fair reflection of reality? Using a different metric, the Nigerian government’s gross debt is 320 per cent of its annual […]

Kenya’s whirlwind weekend underscores elections uncertainties

 Kenya experienced a remarkable, if seemingly coincidental, series of events this weekend. Nine people were beheaded by suspected al-Shabaab militants. The Secretary of Internal Security died suddenly. President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared to accuse the judiciary of meddling in the elections. And the opposition leader Raila Odinga was briefly hospitalised. All just a month before Kenya heads […]

Here’s all you need to know about Kenya’s high stake elections

 After the 2007 general election, Kenya experienced its worst politically triggered ethnic violence since independence. The violence was caused by a dispute between the two main presidential candidates: Raila Odinga and his opposition Orange Democratic Movement; and Mwai Kibaki, who was defending his seat on a Party of National Unity ticket. But this was not […]

The case of Kenya: will technology deliver a free and fair election?

  Elections present a milestone beyond which countries either strengthen their democratic credentials or become failed states. Often states fail when there are either perceived or blatant election malpractices. This in turn can lead to prolonged civil unrest. Numerous cases exist across the continent. But I will use the Kenyan case to illustrate how election […]