Opinion

Election Petitions: An Independent Judiciary Is Critical For Democratic Stability, By Clem Aguiyi

For some time now, the judiciary has come under intense criticisms and attacks, having also been accused of corruption and the perversion of justice. Will the judges redeem the image of the judiciary? Will they deliver judgment based on facts or will they further capitulate and thus sink the hope…
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Technology and the Challenge of Election Integrity, By Samson Itodo

...electoral technology can enhance and undermine electoral integrity, but electoral commissions must be conscious of its limitations and vulnerabilities. Electoral technology should complement existing traditional approaches rather seek to supplant existing methods. Technology is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Despite declines in political and…
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Opinion

Kenya: IEBC Should Seek Guidance From Supreme Court, By Rafiq Raji

The ruling Jubilee party has petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the principals of NASA in contempt of court for their purported boycott of the upcoming presidential election rerun without following due It has also advised that if the IEBC has problems conducting the election rerun on October 26, it…
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Opinion

Election Observation: As Liberia Decides, Are There Lessons From Kenya?, By Samson Itodo

It's a notorious fact that the results collation process is the weakest link in most elections in Africa. This aspect of the electoral process has received little or no attention from It is important for observer missions to dedicate quality time to the observation of the results collation process. Skeptics…
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Opinion

Kenya: Jittery Markets Should Keep Calm, By Rafiq Raji

Considering how high the stakes are, anything short of a credible poll this time around would almost certainly lead to violence. Fellow economists view these developments as short term risks to Kenyan asset, with the shilling likely to be volatile consequently. The political outlook would thus be on the top-of-mind…
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Opinion

The Nigerian Youth Need to Get Their Acts Together, By Rafiq Raji

...until young people begin to engage their older colleagues without fear, they would remain subjugated and relegated. Breaking out of this backward psyche would be difficult, however. But if the Nigerian youth hope to kick out the old men who think that leading us is their birth right, they would…
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Opinion

Ethnic Politics and the 2017 Kenyan Elections, By Rafiq Raji

Even as ethnic loyalities run deep, however, voting choices may not necessarily be ethnically homogenous. Considering Deputy President William Ruto is a more influential Kalenjin, Mr Isaac Ruto, who has boasted of bringing at least one million Kalenjin votes to the table, cannot be so confident, for instance. And the…
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