Are more African leaders ready to give up power?


It has been a mixed electoral year in Africa, with peaceful handovers of power, alongside allegations of rigging and incumbents refusing to accept defeat, notes the BBC’s Dickens Olewe in an assessment of the state of democracy in Africa.

Kamissa Camara, West and Central Africa officer at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), says that beyond the use of foolproof electoral systems, positive influences could also be playing a part in helping countries in West Africa hold credible elections, he writes.

“We have seen several peaceful elections in Benin, Senegal, Burkina Faso and in Mali and you see people taking pride in holding good elections and that desire to hold a good election is spreading.”

Democracy is making headway in West Africa thanks to shared positive expertise,” she adds.


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