African citizens distrust how elections are run

Peter Penar, Michigan State University Only one-third of Africans think that votes in elections are always counted fairly. That’s a problem, as a disputed poll can be a flash point for protests. It also diminishes the public’s faith in democratic processes. But in citizens’ eyes, problems start long before the polls close. Concerns go back …

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Côte d’Ivoire constitutional referendum sparks distrust

Peter Penar, Michigan State University In May 2016 Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara set up a committee of experts to propose a new constitution. This came after he had promised to reform the constitution during his 2015 presidential campaign. The existing 2000 constitution bars citizens who are not born to an Ivoirian mother and father …

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