The implications of election violence in Africa

Very often, holding elections in many parts of Africa is like going to war with zero-sum outcomes: one party wins it all whereas the other loses it all. Hence, like war, people get wounded and/or killed, detained, and beaten up. School, work, and normal daily life get disrupted. Properties also suffer damage. It is a very dangerous affair. This has been going on since the colonial creation of the African states 60 years ago! If you are in doubt look at the recent elections in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, and the run-up to the January 2021 elections in Uganda!
With this fact in mind, we would like to invite media experts from the ground to reflect on and share their perspectives as to why African elections are fraught with violence and uncertainty:
• What are the root causes of the problem with the elections in Africa?
• Is there any link between the origin of the African state structure and the election crisis?
• What are the short, medium, and long-term implications of this sad situation?
• What role the education system and media play in these challenges?
• What is the possible solution to the political malaise?
At the end of the webinar, blog posts, articles and the recorded presentation and discussion will be disseminated via Crossing Borders online platforms.
Crossing Borders has invited a panel of seasoned African journalists to address this issue during this webinar, including Kojo Yankah from Ghana, Charles Odoobo Bichachi from Uganda, Gameli Tordzro from Ghana, Aissata Sankara from Burkina Faso, and Ernest Chanda from Zambia.
Use the link below to join the webinar:


Dec 04 2020


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Crossing Borders


Crossing Borders

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