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Election Talk [Zimbabwe]

This paper covers the campaign process during the 2005 Zimbabwe parliamentary elections. Matloga and Moloi examined whether the campaign in the parliamentary elections conformed to the regional guidelines. Chiroro examined how accessible the governm…

Election Talk [Botswana, Malawi, Namibia,Mozambique]

Prof Tsie looked at delimitation of constituencies, demarcation of polling districts and identification of polling stations. Prof Chirwa discussed the post election situation in Malawi. He examines the mismanagement of the electoral process and the …

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 proces…

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 e…

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 involvement…

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 ball…

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 regis…

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 p…

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 the…

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; deconcent…

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 with…

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, a…

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 exerci…

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 Powe…

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