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Electoral System Reform, Democracy and Stability in the SADC Region: A Comparative Analysis

"The discussion begins with a fairly comprehensive survey of electoral democracy in the region with special reference to the selected countries. Section 2 chronicles the workings of various electoral systems in these countries and their impact on de…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 10

This Southern Africa record contains the following texts: Speech on Angola by K.D. Kaunda, President of Zambia; South Africa and Angola: Statement in Parliament on 25 March 1976 by the South African Minister of Defence, P.W. Botha, concerning refuge…

Political Parties and Democratisation in the Southern African Development Community Region: The Weakest Link?

"This report sketches out historical and contemporary trends in respect of the internal functioning of political parties in Southern Africa. There is no doubt that political parties play a key role in the democratization process. Furthermore, politi…

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…

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Political Parties in the SADC Region Through Public Outreach Programmes: Focus on Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia

"The study seeks to examine whether or not political parties have public outreach programmes and how they develop and implement these programmes. It also seeks to assess the impact of such public outreach programmes, where these exist, on sustaining…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 11

This Southern Africa Record contains the following: Statement by the President of Mozambique, Samora Machel, at the United Nations Conference in Support of the Peoples of Namibia and Zimbabwe, Maputo, 16 May 1977; Extract concerning South West Afric…

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 th…

Democratisation, Dominant Parties and Weak Opposition: The Southern African Project

"In order to grapple with these issues, this paper will probe the state of the region’s party-political systems, and consider the effects of dominant parties, the nature and state of opposition, and their implications for the democratisation projec…

Political Parties Programme Handbook

"This handbook is intended to provide information about political parties. It aims to enhance political parties’ knowledge and skills on how to participate effectively in the democratisation process. This handbook therefore contains comprehensive a…

Promoting the Effectiveness of Democracy Protection Institutions in Southern Africa The Commission for Investigations and the Permanent Human Rights Commission in Zambia

"The study was undertaken with the aim of establishing through investigative field research the practical realities that pertain to the two institutions and to establish whether they are fulfilling their mandates. In Zambia, the research focused on …

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Political Parties in the SADC Region Through Public Outreach programmes: Focus on Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia

"The study seeks to examine whether or not political parties have public outreach programmes and how they develop and implement these programmes. The study also seeks to assess the impact of such public outreach programmes, where these exist, on su…

Elections and Democracy in Zambia

"This case study seeks to evaluate the prospects for the endurance of multiparty democracy in Zambia. The text is mainly concerned with current events and the 2001 elections, but also places events in context by bringing out the distinguishing char…

Zambia Presidential by-election 30 October 2008

"This report sums up the main observations, findings and conclusions of the EISA mission and makes appropriate recommendations to the relevant stakeholders for further improvements. The report started out with a sketching of the historical and polit…

Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC Region: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia

"In this, the second of two workshops, eight countries are covered – Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The workshops allowed researchers to present their findings and brough…

Zambia's diplomacy in disarray

Zambia’s President Chiluba was expected to make positive changes for the good of Zambia. However he has antagonised virtually all of Zambia’s partners and his conduct with regard to foreign affairs can only be described as disastrous. This report de…

Buchizya: The unexpected one and the future of Zambia

This brief report describes the socio-economic malaise in Zambia. The country has no strongly diversified economy. Copper has provided 90% of its foreign exchange earnings, but is declining due to aging mines, reduced copper output and managerial pr…

A Place for Tradition in an Effective Criminal Justice System Customary Justice in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"This policy brief summarises research made in three African states into both the official and informal roles of customary law and attitudes towards it. The research aims to understand the role custom currently plays in African legal systems and the…

Addressing the Challenges of Law Enforcement in Africa Policing in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"Policing lies at the heart of any effective criminal justice system, and many of the challenges faced by judicial systems in Africa directly confront police forces on a daily basis. Increasing populations and rising crime rates confronted by under…

Judicial systems in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"Some of the problems associated with the judiciary of the countries had their roots in ineffective and inappropriate police and prosecutorial practices. For example,delay in trials and case overload were often the result of police and prosecutorial…

Prosecution in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia

"Prosecutors are primarily responsible for preparing charges and arraigning accused persons before competent courts or tribunals for trial. The primary duty of the prosecutor ‘is to seek justice as well as to convict those who are guilty’. In an ide…

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