Kennedy Ochieng’ Opalo

Kennedy Ochieng’ Opalo is associate professor in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is the author of Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies (2019). He is author of the Substack newsletter An Africanist Perspective.

July 2012, Volume 23, Issue 3

African Elections: Two Divergent Trends

Regular elections have become a fixture of political life throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but there are now “two Africas” in this regard: one where elections bring the blessings of greater political openness and competition, and another where elections are, in effect, one more tool that authoritarians use to retain power.