Dozens of African countries conduct elections on a regular basis.
Each election picks a winner.
But beyond winners and losers, the quality of each election also shapes how highly people value elections in general.
Free and fair elections make people more supportive of elections as the best way to choose their leaders.
Elections tainted by repression, fraud, or violence have the opposite effect.
So how good are Africa’s elections?
Afrobarometer surveyed more than 45,000 citizens in 34 countries, in every region of Africa, between late 2016 and late 2018.
The findings reveal a lot about how Africans see their elections.
Afrobarometer asked respondents:
• whether they think their most recent election was generally free and fair.
• whether they think their country needs many political parties to make sure that voters have real choices.
• whether the opposition is ever prevented from running in elections.
• how much they fear becoming a victim of political intimidation or violence during election campaigns.
• whether citizens trust their national electoral commission.
• whether citizens think that regular, open, and honest elections are the best way to select their country’s leaders.
So how good are YOUR elections?
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