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Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The methodology used in this study revolves around a comparative analysis of existing electoral models in the seven selected countries. This report chronicles the workings of various electoral systems or models in place in these countries and their…

Swaziland's Struggle with Political Liberalisation

"The research critically evaluates six key determinants in Swaziland’s political landscape, namely: the electoral system; electoral administration; the nonexistence of political parties; and constitutionalism and democratic assistance. Gender is s…

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region: Mauritius

The reports starts with a brief introduction to Mauritius, outlining aspects such as its current economic situation, the major political milestones since independence in 1968, and the Mauritian stance with regard to its regional and international ob…

Governance Quality and Government Commitment to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper investigates the relationship between the existing quality of a country’s political and economic governance and its government’s decision whether or not to participate in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of the New Partnership fo…

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region : Transitions and Prospects for Consolidation

"The main point of departure for this regional research enterprise is the recognition that the entire African continent and the SADC region in particular, have made tremendous strides towards the embracing and institutionalisation of multi-party d…

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 8

This eighth issue of the Election Update, grapples with the critical issues that surround the election outcome and its immediate aftermath. In a broad overview examining the aftermath of the elections in each province, the following issues were dis…

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 4

In this fourth issue of the Election Update, various dimensions of conflict and elections were explored and how election related conflicts can best be managed. Several authors contributed to this paper. Dr Cheryl Hendricks discussed Political Violen…

Election Update South Africa February - July 2009

"The update provides relevant information around the electoral process and in that way promotes political dialogue among key actors, including civil society organisations, political parties, the election management body and monitors and observers…

Election Update 2004 Botswana No 3

"In this paper the discussion is around the aftermath of the elections in Botswana. Some of the key issues discussed : Free and Fair Elections, How the International Press saw the October Poll, the New Cabinet, Botswana Election Audit, Election Resu…

Election Update 2004 Botswana No 2

This paper discussed the 2004 elections in Botswana. Key issues discussed were: Women Representation in Parliament, Voter Registration and education, Campaign Process, Role of the Security Forces.

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 1

This paper comprises several articles concerning the 2004 elections in South Africa. Dr Tom Logde discussed how the system works in his article. Beth Strachen wrote about the Voter Registration Countrywide, Raymond Louw's article is entitled SABC br…

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 3

"In this issue of Election Update issues around leadership, party manifestos, party funding, electoral participation, media and elections and campaign were interrogated. Firstly the readers are provided with general information pieces that cover th…

Election Update South Africa 2009 No 1

"The update provides relevant information around the electoral process and in that way promotes political dialogue among key actors, including civil society organisations, political parties, the election management body and monitors and observers. T…

Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC Region: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia

"In this, the second of two workshops, eight countries are covered – Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The workshops allowed researchers to present their findings and brough…

Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC Region as adopted on 6 November 2003 at the Kaponong Hotel and Conference Centre, Benoni, Johannesburg

"The document is structured in such a way as to reflect the chronology of events in the management of elections. It begins by discussing the requirements for a sound political and constitutional dispensation that will give birth to an election regim…

Promoting the Effectiveness of Democracy Protection Institutions in Southern Africa - South Africa's Public Protector and the Human Rights Commision

"The primary object of the study was to evaluate progress in the advancement and protection of democracy and constitutional rights through the work of selected state institutions established to fulfil these functions. Empirical research was conducte…

The Participation of Women in South Africa's First Democratic Election

"In her paper Ms Ballington provides an interesting and colourful overview of the participation of women in South Africa's first democratic election in 1994. The paper deals with aspects such as the intimidation of women voters, the role of voter ed…

Election Update 2006 Republique Democratique du Congo No 1

This paper examines the pre electoral political setting of the July 2006 elections in the DRC. Some of the key issues discussed are as follows: Transition to Democracy, The Peace Process,History of Elections,Preparedness of the EMB, Preparedness of…

EISA Annual Report / 2008 EISA Report Annuel

"The executive director stated : Several milestones were reached in 2008. EISA conducted a major fundraising drive which, combined with strict adherence to internal audit and financial control systems, has improved the organisation’s financial sit…

2004 EISA Annual Report

"The executive director stated: 2004 EISA opened a short term field office in Burundi to support the electoral process in this central African country which went through more than a decade long civil war. EISA successfully provided technical suppor…

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