E-SYMPOSIUM ON MONEY-IN-POLITICS IN AFRICA

This was the first e-Symposium of its kind on the subject of money in politics in Africa. But on the calendar of Alliance for Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), it was ACFIM’s third Annual Symposium on the subject, the previous two having taken place in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Being virtual came with the advantage of it being watched by a wide audience across the African continent and beyond via zoom, on YouTube and Facebook.

SECOND NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MONEY IN ELECTORAL POLITICS 2019

Competitive elections based on multiparty political dispensation have become institutionalized in many African countries. A review of the election calendar for the next two years reveals that a total of 30 African countries will hold elections in the next two years namely 15 countries in 2019 and the same number of countries in 2020. The downside is that electoral politics is increasingly being perceived as a business, and because of this, political parties and candidates have been observed to stake huge sums of money to get elected.

MONITORING CAMPAIGN SPENDING AND VOTE-BUYING IN KAGOMA COUNTY BY-ELECTIONS APRIL-MAY

This report highlights the major incidences of voter bribery and extent of campaign spending as monitored and reported by activists that were deployed for Kagoma County Member of Parliament by-election campaigns. It further presents the findings of the expansive Anti-Vote Buying and Selling campaign that targeted the behavior, attitudes as well as actions of political candidates and voters in the by-election.

Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring