Mo Ibrahim decries electoral process in Africa

Mo Ibrahim of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Mr. Mo Ibrahim, has condemned the way elections are conducted in Africa.

Speaking during a global teleconference call with journalists on Tuesday, as part of activities preceding the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), Mr. Ibrahim lamented that on election days, the electorate are subjected to stand in the queues for a very long time before they can vote. Noting that there are many ghost voters in Africa, Mr. Ibrahim lamented that in some cases, elections are won before one aspirant scores a single vote. He said that this poses a very serious threat to campaigns in Africa, as African display a distaste for elections. Mr. Ibrahim lamented that it is a shame that votes could be stolen in Africa.

Referring to the South Africa, Mr. Ibrahim stated that there is not only a decline in governance but also in the education, sustainable economic condition and health services in the country.

He specifically commended Liberia for performing very well despite the challenges it faced, including a civil war and an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

“Education in Liberia has had a major setback due to the civil war and schools had to be closed down because of Ebola. But education has been a problem in Liberia and we all remember the examinations where only a few students passed.”

Commending the out-going Liberian government for its major achievements, Ibrahim tasked the “incoming one on better performance.”

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