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South Africa's founding democratic election 1994 A select and annotated bibliography

"Reflected strongly in the literature are the prevalent pre-election concerns: violence, its roots, distribution and possible escalation; pressure points, the KwaZulu-Natal cauldron, boycotts or participation, power play or mediation; accommodatio...

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...

Inter-Party Relations and Democracy in Botswana

"This report is a study on Botswana’s political parties and their relations. Specifically, it seeks to examine inter-party relations in order to assess the prospects for opposition party cooperation that could enhance competition for the governing...

Democratic Consolidation and Political Parties in Lesotho

"This paper is an attempt to conceptually clarify the notion of democratic consolidation and assess the character of political parties in relation to their functioning and dynamics in Lesotho’s democratisation process and to make possible recomme...

Election Update 2006 South Africa No 1

Several authors have contributed towards this paper. The proceeding of the elections in each province were discussed. The subjects covered in the articles were mainly : Preparedness of the Election Management Body, Preparedness of Civil Society Or...

Election Update 2004 Namibia No 1

"The raison d’etre of this briefing paper is to examine the political setting for the upcoming elections. This will entail the outlining of the various statutory and legislative instruments that were adopted to provide the institutional framework ...

Political Parties and Multi-Party Elections in Southern Africa

"This brief explores the organizational arrangements of political parties, and how this factor affects the contribution of political parties to democratic consolidation through multi-party electoral democracy in Southern Africa. It is the mechanis...

Election Update 2004 Mozambique No 1

"This survey covered about 10.668 of the potential voters in the 11 national constituencies,referred to as Maputo city and Maputo province, Gaza,Inhambane, Sofala, Manica,Tete, Zambézia, Nampula,Niassa and Cabo Delgado. Several topics were discus...

Election Update 2005 Zimbabwe No 2

"This update covers the election preparation stage that includes analysis from constituency delimitation to setting of the election date. It also covers the voter registration, political party registration, candidate nomination, the campaign proce...

Parties in Parliament The Relationship between Members of Parliament and their Parties in Zambia

"The purpose of this paper is to discuss the relationship between parties and their Members of Parliament in Zambia. This will be done by first contextualising political parties and their relationship to Parliament in Zambia. Secondly, we discuss ...

Investigating Intra-Party Democracy in Lesotho: Focus on Basutoland Congress Party and Basotho National Party

"This paper looks at the role of political parties and the extent to which they have embraced and institutionalized internal democracy. Further more, the paper probes the extent to which parties then promote the consolidation of democracy."

Governance Research Agenda: Towards a Democracy Assessment Framework for Southern Africa

"This paper discusses the utility of research methods in the governance field in the SADC region in particular. The main argument of the paper is that the methods are as good as the outcome of the research exercise. In a word, the poorer the metho...

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 2

"The conduct of these primary elections proves the point that parties lack discipline, democracy and fair play in varying degrees. The 2004 elections were the first in which disputes involving candidate selection within political parties came up f...

Election Update 2004 Mozambique No 2

"This survey covered about 10.668 of the potential voters in the 11 national constituencies,referred to as Maputo city and Maputo province, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica,Tete, Zambézia, Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado. In these two fora, severa...

Election Update 2007 Lesotho No 2

"This report gives an overview of the political environment on the polling day and some account of the activities and processes that took place in different polling stations. It offers an analysis of factors that determine whether the elections we...

Election Update 2004 Malawi No 3

"The report unequivocally highlights concern on the inadequecy of the MEC’s performance and the lack of public confidence and trust in the body. Among other issues,the report identifies the lack of a level playing field during the campaign period ...

Election Update 2005 Tanzania No 2

"In this update, particular attention will be given to events and issues during the run up to elections and during the campaign, focusing on relevant electoral processes such as the delimitation of constituencies, civic and voter education, vote...

Election Update 2005 Tanzania No 1

"The update begins by revisiting Tanzania’s union structure, which has of late seen its fair share of discontent from the minority parties. Proclamations of dissatisfaction with the Union structure have been coming predominantly from the largest o...

Election Talk [Botswana]

This policy brief comprises several articles written by 4 different authors. Dr Sebudubudu’s article is about the 2004 Botswana election campaign process. He discussed the new electoral system, the main players i.e the political parties and the v...

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