Why Nigerian elections ‘will not be postponed’ — BBC Africa

The head of Nige­ri­a’s Inde­pen­dent Nation­al Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Inec), Pro­fes­sor Mah­mood Yakubu, says that the Niger­ian elec­tions will go ahead as planned despite rumours of post­pone­ments due to inse­cu­ri­ty in parts of the coun­try. Nige­ri­ans are set to go to the polls on 25 Feb­ru­ary 2023 to elect a new pres­i­dent. Pro­fes­sor Yakubu spoke to…

The Nigerian influencers paid to manipulate your vote — BBC Africa

A BBC inves­ti­ga­tion has dis­cov­ered that polit­i­cal par­ties in Nige­ria are secret­ly pay­ing social media influ­encers to spread dis­in­for­ma­tion about their oppo­nents ahead of gen­er­al elec­tions in Feb­ru­ary. The BBC’s Glob­al Dis­in­for­ma­tion Team has spo­ken to whis­­tle-blow­ers work­ing for two of Nige­ri­a’s polit­i­cal par­ties, and promi­nent influ­encers who have described it as “an indus­try”. The…

Angola’s Ruling Party, MPLA, Retains Power in Tightest Election Yet

The Pop­u­lar Move­ment for the Lib­er­a­tion of Ango­la won in the gen­er­al elec­tion with the low­est mar­gin since com­ing to pow­er in 1975. LUANDA, Ango­la — Angola’s rul­ing par­ty on Mon­day was declared the win­ner of the gen­er­al elec­tion, but it was its weak­est show­ing in the five elec­tions that have tak­en place since the country…

Angola Braces for Tight General Election

Nairo­bi, Kenya —  Ango­la holds pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions Wednes­day in what is expect­ed to be the biggest chal­lenge to the country’s long­stand­ing one-par­­ty rule. The rul­ing MPLA par­ty, in pow­er for near­ly half a cen­tu­ry, has been los­ing young sup­port­ers to the lead­ing oppo­si­tion par­ty, UNITA. The pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have focused main­ly on eco­nom­ic issues, but observers are…

In the Kenyan Election, a Fierce Battle to Lead an African Powerhouse

Kenyans vote for a new pres­i­dent on Tues­day, end­ing a heat­ed race that shows why, in a trou­bled region, the East African nation mat­ters more than ever. KANGARI, Kenya — The heli­copter swooped over the lush tea and cof­fee fields flank­ing Mount Kenya, Africa’s sec­ond high­est peak, and touched down out­side a small high­land town where…

How is money being spent in Kenyan elections? BBC Africa

Kenyan politi­cians are using mil­lions of dol­lars to fight for polit­i­cal seats in the 2022 gen­er­al elec­tion. Attempts by the elec­toral body to cap cam­paign financ­ing and con­tri­bu­tions were thwart­ed by the nation­al assem­bly in 2021. How are politi­cians spend­ing the mon­ey? What are impli­ca­tions for the coun­try’s democ­ra­cy? BBC Africa’s Ash­ley Ogon­da explains. Pro­duced by…

Kenya election: TikTok and disinformation — BBC Africa

Tik­Tok is one of the most pop­u­lar social media plat­forms among young vot­ers but its role in Kenya’s heat­ed pres­i­den­tial race is going rel­a­tive­ly unscru­ti­nised. BBC Monitoring’s Bev­er­ly Ochieng takes a look at how it works in the polit­i­cal back-and-forth between the lead­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. Cam­era: Antho­ny Irun­gu Edit­ing: Suni­ti Singh Video pro­duced by BBC Monitoring…