Contrary to popular sentiment that the coup in Zimbabwe would usher in a new era of democracy, the military intervention is much more about a succession crisis in the ruling Zanu-PF.
The $8,000 paid to Ugandan lawmakers has been returned to the Parliament accounts office by members of the opposition party who referred to it as a bribe. The money was said to help lawmakers consult with their constituents over the removal of the age limit in the constitution.
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.
Mauritanians took a radical decision and voted in favour of a referendum to abolish the senate and change the national flag. President Abdel Aziz had earlier accused the Senate of being corrupt and had referred to the senate as “useless and too costly.” what’s your view on the decision?
There have been many calls for a secret ballot in the impending vote of no confidence in South Africa’s president. However, is secrecy really what the country wants at this time, and would it not be setting a lasting, damaging precedent? asks Brent Meersman.
The success of the recent sit-at-home protests by pro-Biafran secessionist groups in South-East Nigeria is an indication that the issues that led to the civil war of 1967-1970 have not been addressed.
What does an African democracy involve and how different should it be from the Western democracy? Is it all about term limits? Many Western electoral observers come with their Western expectations of how democracy should function in a particular country and try to impose it. The question is, can respective African countries redefine democracy for themselves?
As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it’s a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
African governments are lagging behind in open data, and are keeping data locked away as citizens demand accountability a new Open Data Barometer report has revealed. The report gives a global snapshot of how governments are using open data for accountability, innovation and social impact. The report revealed that key accountability metrics such as government spending, elections, public contracts, company ownership and land ownership are among the least open and often poor quality. The report recommends that government-held data must be open by default and follow the principles set out in the Open Data Charter.