Liberia’s election run-off: A choice between two imperfect options

 Keeping the incumbent party in office may be difficult to bear, but hope that the opposition will bring change may also be misplaced. The two contenders: Joseph Boakai (left) and George Weah (right). Musa Lamine was sitting under his market stall listening attentively to his radio when the news came over the airwaves. None of […]

#KenyaDecides: Meet the 7 candidates in Kenya’s presidential election rerun

 Kenya’s election rerun on October 26 is described as the most controversial election since the country’s independence in 1964. The rerun follows the August 8 presidential election which was annulled by the Supreme Court citing irregularities after a case was filed by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) party led by Raila Odinga. The opposition […]

#LiberiaDecides: George Weah takes early lead in presidential election count

 Former A.C. Milan soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai lead in Liberia’s presidential election as the electoral commission released provisional results of the Oct. 10 vote. Weah won 39 percent of the vote, while Boakai got 31 percent, with about 548,000 ballots counted, Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission, told […]

Kenya’s president signs controversial electoral reform bill limiting power of Supreme Court to overturn election results

 Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the controversial electoral reform bill into law on Friday and provided the country’s electoral commission 12 billion Kenyan shillings ($116,110,560) to conduct the October 26 election re-run. The supplementary bill passed by parliament on Wednesday stipulates among others that if a candidate withdraws from a repeat presidential election, the […]

Liberia Forges Forward in Elections Technology Despite Kenyan Setback

 Liberia’s Oct. 10 presidential and legislative elections are significant for several reasons. The country which represents Africa’s oldest republic will be conducting its third post-war election and first transitional election that would witness the transfer of power between a living incumbent president and president-elect. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president and Noble Laureate has […]

Election observation: As Liberia decides is there something we can learn from Kenya? – Samson Itodo

 Skeptics of election observation received a boost with the Kenya Supreme Court judgment nullification of the August 8th, 2017 Presidential elections. The court ruled that the election was not conducted in accordance with established procedures by the election management body hence the directive that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducts a fresh election into the […]

Mozambique’s President Nyusi to run for re-election, promises peace

 Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi will run for re-election in 2019, his ruling Frelimo party said on Monday, a step towards a vote meant to end sporadic clashes. Nyusi is expected to square off with opposition Renamo party leader Afonso Dhlakama, whose supporters have fought with government forces since a disputed election three years ago. Both […]

Supreme Court in Kenya annuls country’s $500 million presidential election, orders fresh vote

 The Kenya Supreme Court on Friday declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board and ordered a new election within 60 days. “The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges. Read more […]