Africa: Africa Leads the Way in Election Technology, but There’s a Long Way to Go

[Democracy Works] Kenya’s recently annulled elections will soon be re-run, but the long-term questions they raised about election management are still unanswered. The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity – problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the whole continent.

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Africa: The Pipe Organ – More Than Just a Church Instrument

[The Conversation Africa] Unlike most musical instruments, the pipe organ is commonly defined by the place where it’s often played: church. And people seem to think of organists as reclusive creatures in the lofts of basilicas and cathedrals.

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Africa: Getting Media Freedom Right in Africa?

[SAIIA] The Sharpeville Massacre is deeply engrained in the pages of South African history. The events of 21 March 1960 are now commemorated on Human Rights Day. This anniversary is an opportunity for South Africa to reflect on the sacrifices made to achieve democracy and the progress made in the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights in the country.

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Zimbabwe: Nation Votes in Critical Test of Freedom

[IPS]Harare -”We definitely can’t miss this grand chance to cast our vote. It’s like Zimbabwe is just gaining independence; the excitement to see a new government coming into power is just incredible and we hope we get a new Zimbabwe rolling again,” 38-year-old Mildred Saungweme from Harare’s Hatfield suburb, told IPS.

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