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Election Talk [Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia]

This brief consists of several articles which was written by 4 different authors. Kenneth Good discusses the background to the 2004 elections in Botswana. Rafiq Hajat discusses the 2004 general election in Malawi and focus on the registration proc...

Political Parties and the Quest for Democratic Consolidation in Zambia

"This is a study of political parties in Zambia within the context of a wider regional programme on political parties and governance in Southern Africa. It seeks to establish the place of political parties in the Zambian political system. It also...

Election Update 2004 South Africa No 5

This briefing paper comprises several articles which were written by different authors. Dirk Kotze wrote about the election time table, voter registration and voter’s roll , logistical preparations and electoral infrastructure, the IEC’s involveme...

Election Update 2004 Namibia No 3

"This briefing paper assesses Namibia’s third Presidential and National Assembly elections that took place from Nov 15-16 2004. The paper will be deliberating on the following key elements: polling stations, election materials, secrecy of the ba...

Election Update 2004 Namibia No 2

"This update will review the preparatory phase of the 2004 Presidential and General Elections, as well as Regional Councils Election. Attention will also be given to the delimitation process for constituencies, civic and voter education, voter reg...

The Impact of Democracy on Public Participation in the SADC Region

"This paper grapples with the complex interconnection and interface between public participation and democratic governance on the African continent in general and South Africa in particular, after a decade of electoral democracy. The first section...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Malawi

"This report analyses the functioning of a number of institutional building blocks for democracy in Malawi and assesses how stable and functional they are. The report does not delve into issues pertaining to ‘stateness’ and ‘nationhood’ although t...

Decentralisation, Development and Conflict: Challenges Awaiting Local Authorities in Lesotho

"This paper looks at decentralisation policy in the context of Lesotho and the challenges that await local authorities. It should be pointed out that the paper recognizes the fact that there are different forms of decentralisation, namely; deconce...

Managing Intra-Party and Inter-Party Conflict in Lesotho: Training manual

"This manual is meant to ensure that political parties in Lesotho are well equipped with the necessary skills that will enable them to promote democracy effectively. It focuses on the following aspects of party functioning: Leadership qualities wi...

Local Governance in Lesotho: In Search of an Appropriate Format

"Lesotho has recently undertaken a series of measures to establish local governments, known as Local Authorities. The move is acclaimed as a “measure to increase democracy in government by giving power to the people. This paper attempts to review,...

Demarcating Local Authorities' Boundaries for Good Governance versus the People-to-People Relations: the Case Study of Lesotho

"This paper looks at the local authorities’ boundaries demarcation process in Lesotho as a pre-requisite for the holding of local government elections and the implementation of local government. It also looks at the implications of such an exer...

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 1

This paper examined the 2004 Malawi elections. The following key issues were discussed : the Challenge to Judicial Independence, The Electoral System, the Malawi Electoral Commission(MEC), Status and Composition of the Commission Functions and Po...

Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC region: Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland and Zimbabwe

"The workshop had an impact on two levels, first it allowed parties with different origins and capacities,levels of development and political cultures to exchange experiences and to share the challenges they face in their respective countries. Th...

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 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...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Zanzibar presidential, house of representatives and local government elections 30 October 2005

"This report outlines the EISA observer mission’s assessment, findings and analysis of the electoral processes during the pre-election, election day and post-election phases. It also summarises the major findings of the mission and makes appropri...

Challenges for Democratic Governance and Human Development in Africa - EISA Annual Symposium - Wanderers Club Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa 8-10 November 2006

"The overall goal of the symposium initiative was to provide a dialogue forum from various stakeholders on critical issues that affect Africa's developmental and democratic prospects. The specific goals were to: generate debate around democracy an...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report: Zambia Presidential, parliamentary and local government elections 28 September 2006

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA Observer Mission to the Zambian tripartite elections of 28 September 2006, including the mission’s findings, analysis and recommendations on the electoral process in all its phases, especially the...

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