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Free and Fair? A wry look at the UK election, for our readers in Africa

African elections are closely followed by outsiders, including ARI through its interactive online election resource. Criticism of rigged polls, ballot-stuffing, party militias and ethnic or religious partisanship abounds; as does praise for sound electoral management (recently on show in Nigeria), peaceful voting and the ejection of seemingly eternal incumbents.

Lest any of our readers in Africa should doubt it, the British media subject UK elections to equally microscopic and seldom charitable scrutiny. Here is a random selection of 10 alarming, irreverent, acerbic, implausible and exasperated articles that caught our eye in the run-up to the general election on Thursday 7 May.

Needless to say, reposting does not imply endorsement.