Photo Gallery: Partnerships for Meaningful Elections in Africa: Lessons from 2015 and Projections for 2016
More than 15 African countries held national elections in 2015 – including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Tanzania – and a similar number is set to do so in 2016, notably the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Niger, Uganda and Zambia. Many of the 2015 elections provided citizens with a genuine opportunity to express their political preferences and determine the leadership of their countries. International partners supported efforts by national electoral management bodies, civil society groups, and citizens to guarantee credible and transparent election processes that reflected the choice of the voters and bestowed legitimacy on the winners. On January 29, 2016, representatives from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), International Republican Institute (IRI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Open Society Foundations assessed the 2015 elections and discussed the outlook for upcoming elections in 2016.
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