Elections in places like Uganda or Kenya are a do-or-die thing because success offers little work and lots of legitimate (fat salary) and illegitimate cash (corruption). The best loafers and moochers. To watch electoral contests in Uganda is to marvel at national nonsense on display. First the electoral body seems never able to meticulously do its work as per the law, rules, regulations and best practice.
Something of buyer’s remorse has been eating up South Africa for a while. Quite a number of people, including ANC supporters, have soured on the president they elected (in 2009) and re-elected (in 2014). The economy is shaky. Jobs are scarce. Corruption and crime are up there. Even then president Jacob Zuma survived his sixth vote of no confidence on Tuesday. It was, however, remarkable that at least 25 ruling party MPs for the first time voted for his ouster.
Just about every motorist in Uganda is filling up the tank and possibly keeping some more fuel in a jerry can on the side. It is down to Kenya, the main conduit of petroleum products and a lot else to landlocked Uganda, going to the polls in a general election on Tuesday. Anecdotally, Ugandans are scared of the Kenya election this time more than in 2013.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".