Challenging Nigeria International Election Observation may present tests of character (2nd update on lobbying/funding) #NigeriaDecides

International Election Observation Mission members, including those from IRI/NDI, are arriving in Nigeria for the general election Saturday in a difficult environment. Although invited by Nigeria's government there has been at least one unwelcoming statement and no one could deny…

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[Updated] Something afoot in Kenya: Nation newspaper is running investigative reporting on IEBC procurement corruption in 2017

Great, must read reporting by the excellent Ken Opala. 17 Dec. 2018 Daily Nation "Impunity reigned at IEBC in tenders scam whose theft "was beyond the imaginable". 16 Dec. 2018 Sunday Nation "IEBC: Anatomy of a cash cow with serial…

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Kenya IEBC terminates Chief Election Officer over procurement irregularities

Kenya, after three problematic general elections (2007, 2013, 2017), might finally be showing some initial stirrings of organic action to start to address fraud within the Election Commission. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced today the termination of…

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“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

Kenya election assistance FOIA update - disappointed to learn IFES was working to support Kenya IEBC along with Kenyatta and Ruto to uphold alleged 50.07% election margin against civil society and opposition challenge

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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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