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AD52: Tanzanians approach competitive election with confidence in freedom to choose

On 25 October 2015, Tanzania will have its fifth multiparty election since the restoration of the multiparty system in 1992. The incumbent president, Jakaya Kikwete, is ineligible to be elected due to the constitutional limit of two five-year terms for the presidential office. Following a highly contested nomination process, the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), selected John Magufuli as its presidential nominee, unexpectedly eliminating several heavyweights from the race.

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AD51: Elections Côte d'Ivoire: Citizens mistrust electoral commission, fear political violence

On 25 October 2015, Côte d'Ivoire will conduct its first presidential election since the disputed 2010-2011 contest and civil war. The election pits President Alassane Ouattara against Pascal Affi N’Guessan and other challengers. In recent weeks, several candidates have voiced concerns about electoral institutions and the election environment, and former National Assembly President Mamadou Koulibaly withdrew his candidacy, citing doubts about the fairness of the election.

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Les Burundais soutiennent la démocratie, mais il y a une forte défiance vis-à-vis des dirigeants politiques

Les Burundais expriment un fort soutien à la démocratie, mais leur niveau de confiance dans les dirigeants est faible, selon une récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre.

Ils sont globalement satisfaits du fonctionnement de la démocratie au Burundi et soutiennent à 85% que le choix des dirigeants doit se faire à travers des élections libres et honnêtes. Malgré le risque de division et de confusion auquel expose la compétition entre plusieurs partis, les trois quarts soutiennent que les partis politiques sont nécessaires pour garantir un bon choix des dirigeants.

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WP53: Atitudes em relação à qualidade da democracia em Cabo Verde

Dá-me um imenso prazer apresentar o relatório que têm entre mãos. É um documento de valor único. Afinal, antes do Afrobarómetro, quem sabia o que os cabo-verdianos pensavam acerca da sua democracia, do seu governo, da sua economia e da sua comunidade? Naturalmente, todos poderiam contar uma anedota acerca da opinião de um tio, uma irmã ou de um primo. Mas ninguém era capaz de descrever e analisar, com detalhes científicos precisos, a opinião do conjunto da opinião pública no país como um todo.

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Burkinabé affirm overwhelming support for democracy, reject military rule

The overwhelming majority of Burkina Faso’s citizens prefer democracy over all other forms of government and affirm that elections are the best method for choosing leaders, new Afrobarometer survey findings show.

Clear majorities also reject military rule and believe that neighbouring countries have a duty to try to guarantee free elections and prevent human rights abuses in Burkina Faso.

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WP160: The effect of exposure to political institutions and economic events on demand for democracy in Africa

In a democratic political regime, politicians and ordinary citizens must accept elections as the legitimate means of choosing who will govern. Losers must patiently wait until the next election to have an opportunity to elect a leader according to their preferences, and winners must restrain themselves from changing the rules to increase their power.

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Ugandans’ views on multipartism

Ugandans support multipartism as a viable political system of governance but many are not satisfied with the way multi-party politics work in Uganda, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

A significant proportion of Ugandans say that competition between political parties often leads to violent conflict, that the opposition political parties and their supporters are often silenced by Government, and many fear becoming victims of political intimidation or violence during election campaigns.

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