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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 peaceful…

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 domin…

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 “MOZAMBICAN…

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-pa…

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 implement…

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 Commissi…

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…

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 Commissi…

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 perio…

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…

When the Locusts Ate Zimbabwe's March 2005 Elections

"How did ZANU-PF manage to win such a resounding victory against the background of an economy on the free fall, a skyrocketing inflation, food insecurity, state terror and an appalling human rights record? In comprehending how the incumbents staged,…

An Analysis of the Implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism in Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius

"This paper examines the implementation of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius. First to voluntarily submit to review by the APRM, all three countries have devised different working models at the national level i…

Towards an Understanding of Contemporary Conflict in Zanzibar

"The paper has investigated the association between Zanzibar’s political conflicts and decisive elements such as the colonially framed political identities; the adversarial party relations and politically incompatible views/policies of parties;…

Perspectives on the Role of Key Stakeholders in the DRC's Political Transition

"Does the DRC have the capacity, the visionary leadership, political will and resources to move towards a democratic society? This work attempts to answer these critical questions by reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of key stakeholders in …

Consolidating Democratic Governance in the SADC Region: Swaziland

"This research report aims to investigate the state of democracy and governance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, posing a key question as to whether or not the region has undergone democratic transition and, if so, posing…

EISA Election Update 2010 Central African Republic No 1

This paper started off with a brief description of the volatile political past of the CAR. It then continued to discuss the Electoral System, the role of the (CEI) Independent Electoral Commission. The discussion then continues around the events lea…

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