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Do international observers go easy on African elections?

Nov 20, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

International election observers aim to detect and deter electoral fraud - and build public confidence in the election process. This makes credibility a valuable commodity and explains why international observers take pains to present themselves as objective and impartial actors.

The importance of observer credibility was on display in the wake of Cameroon's Oct. 7 presidential election. After the election, state-owned Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) broadcast interviews with individuals ...