End of Elections

This week in the Chronic Online:

The End of Elections? Paula Akugizibwe reads Seeing by Portuguese author Jose Saramago to find out what happens to a democratic system when no one turns up to vote.

From albocracy (Government by “white” men or Europeans) through plousiocracy (The privileged rule of the wealthy) and  schismarch (one who starts a schism or break-up in an organisation or movement) to Zhdanovism (Rigorous control by the state over cultural issues and the arts)… update your political vocab with Willem Boshoff‘s Dictionary of ElectionsIn addition, Vincent Plisson illustrates nationality codes further asking jus sanguinis or jus soli?

Flash back to:


Fifty Years Of African Decolonisation

Manufacturing the post-election peace: A reporter’s 2013 election diary

Also Youssou N’Dour in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina in It’s only a matter of acceleration now

How to Approach Heaven: Jon Soske on how Albert Luthuli rejected the idea of the African majority and the framework of majoritarian democracy in principle…

And more…