Are elections a waste of time? Elections in Africa are always seen as unnecessary expensive formalities, a waste of time. True or false? During campaigns opposition parties garner support from thousands of youth but in most cases the incumbent is reinstated back to power. This is usually orchestrated by rigging of elections and intimidation of opposition supporters. On numerous occasions, imperial forces have propped their support for the incumbent regimes that support their vested economic interests.
The Chief Justice of Kenya, David Maraga today could not hear a petition filed by three Kenyan voters seeking to stop the presidential elections tomorrow because the Supreme Court failed to make quorum. The majority of Supreme Court judges failed to turn up for the decisive hearing, plunging Kenya deeper into a political crisis. The situation in the country is tense as the country stands on a knife-edge.
Why can’t African countries print their ballot papers in their countries or on the continent? There has been a trend of printing ballot papers outside the continent. Nigeria, Kenya, and Zambia are some of the few countries that print their ballot boxes at huge costs outside the continent.
Liberians go to the polls tomorrow and football icon George Weah’s is among a list of 20 presidential aspirants. The former Ballon d’Or winner is contesting for the second time for the highest office. Weah has Jewel Howard Taylor as his running mate. We wish Liberians a peaceful, free and fair election.
Linus Unah writes that the ascendency of 23-year-old university student John Paul Mwirigi as the youngest MP in the Kenyan parliament should serve as an inspiration to other young Africans: Sometimes what you need in order to seek a political position is people’s support, not fat bank accounts.
In an unprecedented, rare and bold move, the Supreme Court of Kenya has nullified fraudulent presidential elections and sent the country back to the ballot in 60 days.
Kenyans are voting in a tightly contested presidential election. President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term but faces a strong challenge from Raila Odinga. Here is a picture essay.
As Kenyans head to the polls on 8 August 2017, they are once again poised at the cusp of history, where old battles and the possibility of new beginnings merge. Yet the most salient feature of this election has been the cloud of propaganda hovering above the unsaintly mix of the hopes and fears of a nation.