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South Africa's founding democratic election 1994 A select and annotated bibliography

"Reflected strongly in the literature are the prevalent pre-election concerns: violence, its roots, distribution and possible escalation; pressure points, the KwaZulu-Natal cauldron, boycotts or participation, power play or mediation; accommodatio...

South Africa's second democratic election 1999 An Annotated Bibliography

This bibliography reflects critical assessments, political analyses and academic meditations collated on National and Provincial polls held on 2 June 1999. Literature reflects a renewed interest in the efficacy of the proportional representation s...

Lesotho's 2007 General Elections Towards a Constructive Management of Post-Election Disputes

"The primary goals of the conference were to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the causes of and sustainable solutions to post-election disputes in Lesotho following its 2007 poll. To provide a regional forum on strategies and methodologies fo...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Lesotho National Assembly Elections 17 February 2007

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA mission to the Lesotho elections of 17 February 2007, including the mission’s observation and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Madagascar national assembly elections 23 September 2007

"This report outlines the technical team’s assessment, findings and analysis of the electoral process. The report covers all the phases : the pre-polling, polling, counting and post election phases, including the proclamation of the results. The t...

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the ...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Madagascar presidential elections 3 December 2006

"EISA deployed a regional observer mission to the presidential elections of 3 December 2006 in Madagascar. The deployment of the mission was in line with EISA’s vision of promoting credible elections and democratic governance in Africa. This repo...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report The Zimbabwe harmonised elections of 29 March 2008 Presidential, parliamentary and local government elections with postscript on the presidential run-off of 27 June 2008 and the Multi-Party agreement of 15 September 2

"This report deals primarily with the harmonized elections of 29 March 2008 and provides an assessment of the EISA observer mission. The EISA mission used the principles for Elections Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC region as t...

Conflict and Elections Brief

"With the notable exception of the DRC, where the outcome of the most recent peace agreement is still uncertain, all of South Africa's civil wars have ended or are ending. A large majority of political competition in the region now proceeds peacef...

Election Update 2004 Namibia No 1

"The raison d’etre of this briefing paper is to examine the political setting for the upcoming elections. This will entail the outlining of the various statutory and legislative instruments that were adopted to provide the institutional framework ...

Political Parties and Multi-Party Elections in Southern Africa

"This brief explores the organizational arrangements of political parties, and how this factor affects the contribution of political parties to democratic consolidation through multi-party electoral democracy in Southern Africa. It is the mechanis...

Election Update 2004 Mozambique No 1

"This survey covered about 10.668 of the potential voters in the 11 national constituencies,referred to as Maputo city and Maputo province, Gaza,Inhambane, Sofala, Manica,Tete, Zambézia, Nampula,Niassa and Cabo Delgado. Several topics were discus...

Election Update 2005 Zimbabwe No 2

"This update covers the election preparation stage that includes analysis from constituency delimitation to setting of the election date. It also covers the voter registration, political party registration, candidate nomination, the campaign proce...

'The Thought is Father to the Deed' : Questioning the Administration of Elections in SADC

"Two variables shape Electoral Commissions’ health and the contribution they make to deepen democracy : the effectiveness with which they organize elections and help people to make informed choices (the active and responsible participation of ord...

Security of Elections in Southern Africa

"This paper will highlight some of the issues related to security of elections, which may require in-depth exploration. It serves to alert those tasked with the delivery of free, fair and credible elections with the ramifications involved."

Election Management and Observation in Southern Africa: A Comparative Review of Existing Norms, Principles and Guidelines for Democratic Elections

"This paper aims to explore critical comparative insights of the value of these instruments whose main thrust is to establish a code of ethics for ensuring best practice in election management and observation in Africa in general and Southern Afri...

Apathy, Fatigue or Boycott? An Analysis of the 2005 Zimbabwe Senate Elections

"This paper examines the meaning of elections and democracy in Zimbabwe and discusses whether apathy, fatigue or boycott can be used to explain the appalling voter turnout during the Senate elections. The paper also assesses the arguments for and ...

Engendering Democracy Through the Ballot Box in The Mauritius 2005 Elections

"This paper examines the causes of lack of advancement of women in decision-making in Mauritius by reviewing the literature on gender and democracy, the religious and cultural factors that might be the basis of women’s insubordination and uses th...

Governance Research Agenda: Towards a Democracy Assessment Framework for Southern Africa

"This paper discusses the utility of research methods in the governance field in the SADC region in particular. The main argument of the paper is that the methods are as good as the outcome of the research exercise. In a word, the poorer the metho...

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 2

"The conduct of these primary elections proves the point that parties lack discipline, democracy and fair play in varying degrees. The 2004 elections were the first in which disputes involving candidate selection within political parties came up f...

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