Election Observation in Africa: Citizen perceptions and media representations



3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
SOAS University of London
10 Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG


Free - Registration is required

Join the Royal African Society and the Centre of African Studies of the University of Edinburgh for the launch of ‘Local Perceptions and Media Representations of Election Observation in Africa’.

With focus on both international and citizen observers, the report offers a discussion on the subject and addresses the two main topics of the research:

1) the perceptions of the general public on the role of election observation, the past performance of observers, and how observation should be conducted moving forward; and

2) how the media perceive election observation and the ways in which it covers observers’ statements and activities.

The project uses Zambia, The Gambia, and Kenya as its case studies, and provides recommendations for strengthening popular understandings of election observation and improving the quality and quantity of its coverage in the media. Full Report available here.

Robert Macdonald is Research Fellow in African Studies at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Thomas Molony is Senior Lecturer in African Studies at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Panel to be announced soon. Limited spaces, please register to guarantee your space.


If you are not attending in person, please Click here to join online via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.