Only half of Africans trust their national electoral commissions, and many fear violence and unfair practices during election campaigns, according to a new report by Afrobarometer.
With at least 25 African countries conducting national elections in 2016-2017, citizens’ perceptions paint a troubling picture of electoral management institutions and the quality of elections. While public assessments vary widely by country, on average more than four in 10 Africans express serious concerns about the fairness of vote counts, corruption during elections, and the safety of voters. Half of Africans say elections don’t work well to ensure that voters’ views are represented or that elected officials can be held accountable.
The new report (Afrobarometer Policy Paper No. 35) is available at http://globalreleases.afrobarometer.org.