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African Elections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Title
African Elections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Date and Time
11th Nov 2020 16:00 - 11th Nov 2020 18:00
Location
Zoom
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2020_2021/african_elections_during_the_covid-19_pandemic2

Over 2020 and 2021, a number of crucial African elections will take place in the midst of the COVD-19 pandemic. Governments across the continent have responded very differently to the challenges presented by the pandemic, ranging from denial to lockdowns. When it comes to elections, the various stages in the process - from voter registration to campaigning and actual balloting – harbour the potential for the spread of the virus. CAS is hosting a project under the UKRI GCRF/Newton Agile COVID 19 Rapid Response call addressing African Elections During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is organized with partners in the Central African Republic, Ghana, Tanzania, the UK and USA. The roundtable will afford an opportunity to reflect on the Tanzania elections that will take place on 28 October, and to take stock of the unfolding process in CAR and Ghana - as well as events in Côte d’Ivoire whose own election, which has been boycotted by the opposition, has been mired in controversy.

Chair: Dr Nicholas Westcott, Director of Royal African Society

Panellists on Tanzania:

Victoria Lihiru, Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam

Tom Molony, Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh

Rob Macdonald, Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh

Panellists on CAR, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire:

Kojo Asante, Centre for Democratic Development, Accra, Ghana

Alain Serge Magbe, Echelle, Bangui, Central African Republic

Sarah Johnson, The Carter Center, Atlanta, USA

The seminar will take place on Zoom from 4pm - 6pm on 11 November 2020. Participants will need to register through Event Brite:-

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/african-elections-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-tickets-127336586157

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