The Centre for Human Rights and its partners ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa, and ARTICLE 19 Western Africa invite stakeholders to the launch of the reports on Proactive Disclosure of Information and Elections in Africa. The reports assessed state compliance with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 2017 Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa (the Guidelines).

Event Details

Date: 26 September 2023
Time: 08.00 GMT / 09.00 WAT / 10.00 SAST / 11.00 EAT

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The studies focused on the recent elections in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and The Gambia. The reports examine the proactive disclosure of credible election-related information by election management bodies; appointing authorities; law enforcement agencies; political parties and candidates; media and regulatory bodies; election observers; and civil society, as envisaged under the Guidelines. The assessment is primarily on the basis of the Guidelines and also considers the national access to information legislative framework as well as other regional and international human rights obligations. It also assesses the application and impact of digital technologies on

access to information during elections; the impact of information disorder on electoral information integrity; and access to information for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The reports also include detailed sector-specific recommendations.


  • To draw the attention of stakeholders to the Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa.
  • To facilitate a dialogue evaluating the realisation of the right of access toinformation during the general elections in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and The
  • To share perspectives and recommendations from the studies on Gambia,
    Ghana, Kenya and Uganda’s compliance with the Guidelines.
  • To analyse the impact of technology on electoral transparency and integrity.


  • Moderator(s): Hlengiwe Dube
    Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
    Sarah Wesonga ARTICLE 19, Eastern Africa

  • Keynote Speaker: Hon. Ourveena Geeresha Topsy-Sonoo
    Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.

For more information, please contact:

Hlengiwe Dube
Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4199
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743

Mr Ompha Tshamano
Project Assistant:
Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3810
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743



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