Africa’s electoral processes under the microscope


A number of presidential and general elections have been held in Africa this year. Their outcomes were critical not only for the transfer of democratic power but for overall peace and security. Somalia, Kenya, Angola, and Zambia succeeded, to varying degrees, in holding free and fair elections. Other polls have, however, resulted in violence or contested outcomes.

As Africa prepares for a raft of presidential and local elections next year, this seminar will interrogate electoral processes on the continent. It will focus on successes and challenges, how elections are being managed and lessons learnt.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies and the Embassy of Australia to Ethiopia.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Moderator: Dr Andrews Atta-Asamoah, Head, African Peace and Security Governance, ISS Addis Ababa


Fatou Jagne Senghore, former director, ARTICLE 19, West Africa

Mercy Waithira Njoroge, Senior Program Manager, National Democratic Institute, Tanzania

Robert Gerenge, Principal Advisor, Election Management Bodies, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa

Olufunto Akinduro, Senior Programme Officer, Elections, International IDEA

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