‘Africans support multiparty democracy, trust in political parties low’

The latest Afrobarometer report has revealed that Africans are showing increasing support for multiparty democracy even though both ruling and opposition parties still struggle to gain the trust of the people.
Afrobarometer Executive Director, Prof E. Gyimah-Boadi who made this revelation at the Consultative Workshop of the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission’s Political Party Programme in Accra, pointed out that political parties are an essential element of a well-functioning democracy but earning popular trust remained a challenge.

According to a statement released by the Afrobarometer team, “A majority 56 per cent of Africans say they “feel close to” a political party in their country.

“Across 16 countries tracked since 2002, this proportion increased by seven percentage points between 2002 and 2015.

“Almost two-thirds 63 per cent of Africans endorse multiparty competition as essential to give citizens choices in who governs them.

“North Africa is the only sub-region where fewer than half 49 per cent of citizens hold this view,” the statement said. -afrobarometer

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