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Elections too Expensive for DRC

Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia said the cost of organising the poll, which was said to be $1.8bn (£1.5bn), was too expensive.

Last year the government and the opposition agreed that new elections would be held by the end of 2017.

Elections in DR Congo are often controversial. Last year, protests against moves to delay the presidential poll resulted in at least 50 deaths.

To read the article titled, “DR Congo election: 'We cannot afford $1.8bn cost', says minister” click here

Term-Limit Changes the Biggest Threat to Democracy in Africa?

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn’t time he said farewell to the people of Zimbabwe, he replied: ‘Why, where are they going?’

On a serious note, he also angrily told journalists who asked about his decades-long presidency: ‘Have you ever asked the Queen that question, or is it just for African leaders?’ According to Mugabe: ‘Only God who appointed me can remove me’.

Will the Zambian Poll Results Trigger a Constitutional Crisis?

The results of Zambia’s historic five-ballot election are threatening to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. This month, the opposition filed a petition in the Constitutional Court challenging the validity of the results. The poll was a crucial test for Zambia’s new constitution, which was amended and adopted earlier this year.

What is at Stake for New Councils in South Africa?

The eight percent decline in the voters’ support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party between 2011 and 2016 represents a fundamental shift in South African politics.
 
Much has been written on the implications for the ANC and the country, but a significant and underreported short-term impact relates to the implications for budget expenditure and service delivery at a local level.
 

​IEC Happy With Smooth' Start to Elections

Community protest action delayed the casting of special votes on Monday, 1 August 2016, in six municipalities‚ although a majority of voting stations opened on time in what the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said was a smooth beginning for the polls.

Three motor vehicle accidents and four minor incidents of incorrect ballot papers being delivered mark the start of South Africa’s fifth local government election‚ with the majority of South Africans set to cast their ballots between 7h00 and 19h00 on 3 August 2016.

​IEC Target of Political Protests: ISS

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is becoming a target for political protests.

ISS Crime and Justice Hub Manager, Lizette Lancaster, briefed a seminar on the causes of protests, focusing on violent protests.

Vuwani residents in Limpopo have vowed to block the IEC from holding the Local Government Elections on August 3.

​Be Wary of NGOs, Legislators Told

Parliamentarians have been urged to be wary of non-governmental-organisations who in their bid to discredit local polls, will never appreciate the country's electoral system.

Legislators noted that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like the Election Resource Centre would ‘perpetually’ condemn Zimbabwe's electoral system despite improvements that would have been registered.

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