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Paradigm Shift: Youth Engagement in the Conduct of the 2015 Elections in Nigeria

This paper focuses on the engagement of youth in the conduct of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, against a backdrop of historical experiences. The article illustrates a paradigm shift in youth engagement with regards to the conduct of electi...

Two Decades of Election Observation by the African Union: A Review

This article discusses the various phases the African Union Election Observation Missions (AUEOMs) have passed through since participation by the Organization of African Unity OAU in the UN-led mission to monitor Namibia’s referendum in 1989. Th...

Accountability, Contract Officers and the Integrity of the 2012 Election Outcome in Ghana

This paper presents a critical analysis of the 2012 election petition as an expression of dissatisfaction with the EC’s performance. The focus is on the role of temporary electoral officers in eroding public confidence in electoral processes, an...

A Comparative Case Study of the Voting Behaviour of Poor People in Three Selected South African Communities

This paper shares comparative data from a quantitative study which was undertaken in two selected poor communities during 2013 in Johannesburg (Riverlea and Doornkop) and a rural community in the Limpopo province in 2014. The two key factors that ...

Electoral Predictions in Africa: Predicting Winners in Relatively Stable Two-Party Systems, using Early and Incomplete Results

There is a protracted and tense period between polling and the actual announcement of results in African elections. This intermission is, in the best cases, marked by hopeful candidates urging tense supporters to stay calm. In the worst cases, su...

Journal of African Elections Special Issue South Africa’s 2014 Elections

Susan Booysen looks at the ANC’s impact and the various challenges it confronted and focuses on how the spread of the organisation’s electoral support is changing as a result. Sithembele Mbethe ascribes the ANC’s continued decline against the form...

Côte d'Ivoire's 2015 Presidential Election : A Sign of Democratic Progress?

Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015 presidential election, was the first since multiparty elections were introduced in 1990 in which all major parties were able to compete without triggering a civil war. This paper examines the extent of democratic progress regi...

The APRM and Migration Trends in Africa

Migration is often identified as a last resort for people hoping to improve their standard of living. Favourable global conditions such as the demand for labour in destination countries and a booming international market have, in the past, made it...

Bridging the Gap between Commitment and Capacity

This paper set out to evaluate the extent to which the APRM has emphasised corruption, transparency and accountability to date by analysing the relative frequency of word clusters related to these concepts in the 16 Country Review Reports that are...

Africa's Untapped Resource: Analyzing Youth in the APRM

Africa is the next frontier – a continent full of possibility, a market of untapped and underutilised natural and human resources. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the youth populations of African states. Africa in 2015 exists in a context i...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Mauritius national assembly elections 3 July 2005

"This report sums up the main observations and findings of the EISA Mission and makes appropriate recommendations to the relevant electoral stakeholders in Mauritius for further improvements. The report will be shared with all electoral stakeholde...

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 it’s government’s decision whether or not to participate in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of the New Partnership...

Dilemmas of Political Transition: Towards Institutionalisation of Multiparty Democracy In Tanzania

"The paper identifies Tanzania’s democracy as an electoral democracy that is consolidating, albeit at a snail’s pace and despite the numerous challenges it continues to face. Since the introduction of multiparty politics Tanzania is, still going ...

Election Talk [Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique]

This paper comprises several articles written by 4 different authors. Hajat discussed the Malawian presidential election campaign in 2004. Prof Good discussed the impact of parliament expansion on the electoral process in Botswana. Kaapama discuss...

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...

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