According to EU observers the elections that took place in Niger this week were well conducted.
But why were they concerned.
The BBC has a basic timeline of events.
Good sources of news (although not all articles are free ) can be found on AllAfrica.com
Le Niger dans le web from Tamatinfo
Le republicain Niger
More detailed analysis can be obtained from the observers websites.
also useful for background on the democratic evolution of the area are the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie which has a collection of reports in French.
The ACE Project (supported by an international coalition which includes International IDEA) also has an electoral encyclopedia with facts and figures on the electoral system and more