"This is a decisive moment for democracy in Africa," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says in an AllAfrica guest column. "In Africa, as elsewhere, there is a deep hunger for governments that are legitimate, honest, and effective," he said, pledging U.S. support. Four countries are scheduled to hold polls this month - Guinea, Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire, and the Central African Republic - and another may happen soon in Burkina Faso. Leaders must respect term limits, and citizen engagement is vital "not just on Election Day".
'Decisive Moment for Democracy' - John Kerry
allAfrica, 6 October 2015
Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition… Read more »
An Early Warning Ahead of High-Risk Elections
ISS, 15 October 2015
Recent events in Burkina Faso, following the 16 September coup d'état, are a grim reminder of what can happen when the run-up to crucial presidential elections goes awry. Read more »
High Stakes As Elections Loom
ISS, 6 October 2015
The African Union's (AU) early warning system will be working overtime in the next few weeks as Africa heads into a series of high-risk elections. Read more »
Guineans line up to vote in municipal poll (file photo)
Africa's Governance Winners, Losers and Surprises
allAfrica, 5 October 2015
Zimbabwe is one of the African countries where governance has improved most in the four years up to 2014. Senegal just might surge ahead of its African counterparts in the future,… Read more »
Doctors without Borders say the violence has overwhelmed medical facilities and crippled humanitarian work. Renewed conflict has raised doubts next month's elections taking place. ... Read more »
While President Alpha Conde is hoping to lead the country for another five years, a second round of voting is also possible as the electoral commission has yet to announce ... Read more »
The country's Independent Electoral Commission says it is resorting to the use of "advanced technologies" in the upcoming polls in order to avoid the mistakes of the past. Read more »
The elections are considered the tightest race between current Works Minister John Magufuli from the ruling party, and his strong contender, Edward Lowassa. Read more »
The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, Ecowas agreed on the immediate lifting of the suspension of the constitution and holding of presidential and ... Read more »
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