Understanding the cost of legislative politics in Africa

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Thursday 29 October
9:30-11:00am (UK time)
1230-1400pm (EAT)  

Understanding the cost of legislative politics in Africa

Join us on Thursday 29 October for a webinar, co-hosted by the University of Mauritius and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), to launch and discuss recent studies exploring the drivers of the costs of parliamentary politics in Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria and The Gambia.

In all four countries, the costs of seeking elective office are rising according to the studies that focused on 2017 elections in Kenya and The Gambia and 2019 polls in Nigeria and Mauritius. High costs are exclusionary and erect further barriers to political entry for young and/or female candidates. Brief presentations of the reports, key findings and possible ways forward will be offered by the authors and will be followed by an interactive Q&A.

WFD has supported a growing body of research looking at the cost of politics. The approach focuses on the spending of individuals contesting for political office rather than those of political parties. It aims to cover expenditure incurred across the election cycle: following the money spent, from a candidate’s decision to stand for political office at the party primary phase, to the end of an individual’s elected tenure. This broader understanding can help explain why there are divergences between stated rules and regulations and their implementation or lack thereof and provide a clearer indication of the obstacles to regulating and curbing, or better monitoring, candidate spending on political campaigns.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #CostofPolitics

Speakers

  • Roukaya Kasenally, University of Mauritius
  • Ramola Ramtohul, University of Mauritius
  • Nicholas N. Kerr, University of Florida
  • Tom Mboya, governance expert (Kenya)
  • Sait Matty Jaw, University of The Gambia

 

  • Who:
    WFD and the University of Mauritius
  • When:
    Thursday 29 October
    9:30-11:00am (UK time)
    1230-1400pm (EAT)  
  • Where
    Online
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