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August 08, 2017
Before dawn at Westlands Primary School this morning, voters queued patiently for the start of voting. While most voting streams at this polling center began voting on time at 6 am, a few were delayed as poll workers finalized their paperwork and preparations for the day. The security presence was... Read More
August 07, 2017
The usual bustling capital city of Nairobi is eerily quiet tonight as Kenyans brace for what is expected to be a very competitive round of general elections tomorrow. Many residents have already left Nairobi for their rural homes upcountry to cast their vote and wait out the election results.... Read More
August 02, 2017
On August 8th, Kenyans will vote in the most competitive election in the country’s history. There are more than 14,000 candidates vying for just 1,882 elective positions. For the presidency, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta will compete against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in a rematch of... Read More
April 05, 2017
The Gambian people are preparing to go to the polls for the first time since the end of Jammeh’s dictatorial rule. A lot is expected from this election, as Gambians will be voting today for their first truly democratically elected National Assembly: 239 candidates are vying for the votes of 886,578... Read More
December 19, 2016
The people of Bhutan, who chose their local government leaders for the second time since its democratic transition on September 27, had more choices than ever with 3,391 hopefuls, including many women and youth candidates, vying for the 1,499 posts. There are many possible reasons for this... Read More
December 12, 2016
Today is Jamhuri Day in Kenya and we are celebrating 53 years as an independent republic. Jamhuri Day marks an important milestone for my country and its people in terms of social, economic and political progress. In President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ... Read More
December 07, 2016
Yesterday, Ghanaians went to the polls to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, against a backdrop of an underperforming economy and an increasingly polarized political cycle. We had a team on the... Read More
November 03, 2016
Timor-Leste is preparing for its fourth parliamentary and presidential elections in 2017, an important milestone as this is the first time the Timorese will be administering their national elections without significant support from the international community. A few days ago I met with H.E. Mrs.... Read More
November 01, 2016
Plaza Bolivar is Bogota's historic public square, just yards from the spot where Colombia secured her independence and around the corner from some of the national government's most powerful offices. Hours after it became clear that the referendum on the 297-page peace accord between the government... Read More
September 26, 2016
Much has been written about the recent elections for the Russian State Duma, which took place Septemeber the 18th.  Most post-election analysis has centered on the ruling United Russia party dominating the results, noting that the party acquired enough seats for a constitutional majority,... Read More

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