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Comparing elections in Sierra Leone and Ghana

Jonathan Bhalla reflects on striking similarities between elections in Ghana and Sierra Leone which both saw high turnout, the successful introduction of new technologies and first round victories for the incumbent.

Old Tricks, Young Guns: Elections and violence in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is acclaimed as one of Africa’s most successful post-conflict states. But the country remains fragile. Support for political parties is polarised on ethnic and regional lines, and underwritten by patronage. Youth unemployment is endemic.