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Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Lesotho

"The overall conclusion drawn from this study is that although gaps and deficits can still be identified – especially in the areas of equity in the distribution of national resources, greater commitment to gender equity and enhanced capacity for s...

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...

Consolidating Democratic Governance in Southern Africa : Namibia

"The study argues that democracy in Namibia is underpinned by liberal precepts. Liberal democracy and its preoccupation with individual liberties is, however, insufficient in a developing context such as that of Namibia. Sustaining democracy in Na...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 3

Several authors have contributed to this Election Update. The issues discussed in the articles focused mainly on the following subjects: Election Observation and Monitoring, Challenges for new Local Authorities, Annoucement of Results, Result Patt...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 2

"This report deals with the actual election phase. Every stage of this process went fairly smoothly. The IEC therefore achieved its overall goal of effectively implementing a successful election. However there are areas that still need attention. ...

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...

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 Update 2007 Lesotho No 3

"The report accounts for the reaction of political parties and the general public upon the announcement of election results. It is a further analysis of post-election processes compared to the previous elections that Lesotho has held since 1993...

Election Update 2006 Democratic Republic of Congo No 2

"This Update examines the following aspects of the DRC’s 2006 general elections i.e. polling stations, secrecy of the ballot, voting process, citizen participation and voting behaviour."

The Dominant Party System: Challenges for South Africa's Second Decade of Democracy

" The paper begins by providing a conceptualisation, exploring the various theoretical arguments and debates surrounding the dominant party system and democracy. The following section then seeks to provide an understanding of the nature of the dom...

Can the "Mozambican Miracle" Survive the Scenario of Forced Co-Habitation?

"This policy brief comprises several articles which were all written by different authors. Dr Dr Eduardo Sitoe of the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique wrote about the forced co-habitation the village of Marromeu described as the “MOZAMBIC...

Party Systems in the SADC Region: In Defence of the Dominant Party System

"In short, the paper will demonstrate that a dominant party has both nondemocratic and democratic features in its evolution, although discussion will be limited mostly on the latter. In its deliberations the paper will turn to a few cases of one-...

Women Participation in Party Politics during the Multiparty Era in Africa: The case of Tanzania

"In this report, an attempt has been made to provide recommendations for addressing the existing gender imbalances other than affirmative action and the institution of quota systems. In fact, there are several direct measures that could be impleme...

Election Update 2005 Mauritius No 1

This report presents an overview of the general elections that were held in Mauritius on July 3, 2005. The election proceedings were analyzed and some of the issues discussed are as follows: Constitutional and Legal Framework, Electoral Commis...

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...

Election Update 2005 Zimbabwe No 1

This report gives an overview of the political environment in which the parliamentary elections proceeded on 31 March 2005. The Administration of Elections are being discussed. Further key issues being examined includes : Zimbabwe Electoral Commis...

EISA Technical Assessment Team Report Mauritius

"This report outlines the EISA Technical Team’s assessment of the National Assembly Elections of May 2010. The findings and analysis of the electoral process in all its phases were discussed, namely the pre-election phase, the polling and counting...

The Mozambique presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections of 28 October 2009

"This report is the mission’s assessment of the electoral processes, which covered the pre-election phase, polling day, including voting, counting and the announcement of provisional results at polling stations, and the immediate post-election per...

Political Parties: Development and Change in Malawi

"Multiparty democracy is becoming increasingly entrenched in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)region. The first stage of the programme focused on political parties and attempted to answer whether the transition improved the effect...

Parties and Political Development in Namibia

"This study has investigated the nature of political parties in Namibia. Parties that were formed in the early 1960’s and 1970’s tend to look backwards into history to consolidate their support. But since the history of some of these parties has n...

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