“The great observer gamble” is a “must read” on the Zimbabwe election and international election observation

An important election and election observation drama is playing out now in Zimbabwe, and "The great observer gamble" (free feature) in Africa Confidential is the key explainer. Subhead: "After an eight-month charm offensive wooing bankers and diplomats, the government is…

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Election Assistance FOIA update: disappointed to see from USAID records that IFES was supporting Kenya IEBC/Kenyatta-Ruto defense of 2013 election petition by civil society and opposition (revised)

Back in 2015 I submitted a Freedom of Information request for USAID records relating to the election assistance through IFES for Kenya's IEBC (the election commission). Over 1000 pages were sent from the Mission in Kenya to the USAID FOIA…

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Were Americans right to be so fearful of Odinga’s “People’s President” swearing in?

[Update Feb. 2: Here is a good overview from Martina Stevis-Gridnef in the Wall Street Journal, "Kenya Crackdown on Media, Opposition Deepens"; Fr. Gabriel Dolan explains how the Kenyatta government has popularized the "National Resistance Movement by banning it, with…

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Don’t be confused: preparations for Kenya’s failed August election election were controlled by Kenya’s ousted “Chickengate” IEBC and its CEO and staff with support of international “partners”

From this blog late last year: Meanwhile, Kenya is paying an average of about $343,000.00 “severance” to each of the outgoing Independent Electoral and Boundary Commissioners for leaving earlier this fall rather than completing their terms through November 2017. No…

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Friday Lizard Blogging

Enough democracy and elections for this week.   If Kenyan Election Commission leader Roselyne Akombe's loud public whistle was not enough to get the Western democracies to back off the "happy talk" about Kenya's "fresh election" preparation [as the Chris…

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