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How Buhari won

James Schneider, who was in Nigeria for the elections, analyses how the APC won and what it means for the country’s politics and society.

Electoral Commissions: No more “yes men”

Presidents’ yes men used to fill too many of the continent’s electoral commissions. Now, thanks to growing civic awareness and transparency, some of Africa’s election arbiters are moving firmly in the right direction. But ensuring free and fair elections is one hell of a job.

Real Black Economic Empowerment

South Africa’s policy of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has not sufficiently transformed the ownership and distribution of resources in the economy. Editorial Director James Schneider …

Democracy: Eyes on Parliaments

When it comes to learning about parliamentary debates, MPs and political processes, there is a huge information gap at the centre of Africa’s electoral democracies. …