Challenging election results in Africa, can it help improve democracy?

Raila Odinga election results in Africa Kenya

Contesting election results in the African continent has for over the years become, a common phenomenon. While in some countries political barons praise the struggle in other countries, when such happens they are termed as a black leg in stabilization of the national integrity of the country. But, who is fooling who? (LIRE AUSSI : Le Ndé engagé à écrire une page exaltante aux élections du 09 février).




Over the years, political analyst and Africans of goodwill have often raised the question if elections held in Africa, are a true test of democracy and could improve a nation’s integrity. Pre-elections and post-elections drama in most African countries on a daily basis, continue to prove this dream to test as protest, arrest and police brutality are often registered here and there. With this on the rise, Africans integrity is no doubt at stake.

Election results in Africa time

Tensions are always growing between ruling political parties and the opposition especially when it comes to election results in Africa and consequently leads to violence and arrest of political figures. Going down memory lane, post elections violence in Ivory Coast led to the death of over 3000 Ivorian’s after former leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept being defeated on the ballot box.




More to that, most political parties complain usually of election fraud like we have seen in Kenya where opposition leader Raila Odinga always on the race course but never a champion and has for over the years, contesting the elections to court. A move which many Kenyans say, has greatly help shape the democratic process in their country. We have equally seen the same scenario of post elections contest in Angola, after incumbent president Lurencio won a second term in office but not to the satisfaction to the opposition class.

Improve the democratic process

However, all this is to say that, the chances of elections to improve the democratic process in Africa could be slim since the ruling parties never want to accept defeat whenever it comes and for the opposition class to understand that, elections are not won in court rooms or through violence but rather, returning to the drawing board and pick out mistakes made during the campaign process and forge ahead as if to say, nothing ever happened.




Perhaps, time alone could change this narrative when political barons shall got to realize that, they need to be honest to themselves and to those who voted them into office. If not so, the democracy we talk about in Africa which was brought by the Europeans, shall never be effective in our continent. Did I say anything? (LIRE AUSSI : Réaménagement : têtes d’affiche d’une équipe de campagne présidentielle).

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