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Lessons from Electoral Management and Processes in West Africa

"This paper is based on case studies from six West African countries. It points out key historical and material forces that helped frame and shape the electoral management and processes of these countries. These are: the state as a site for zero-s...

The 2013 General Elections in Kenya: The Integrity of the Electoral Process

The 2013 general elections in Kenya was followed by the comparative national elections project (CNEP) post election survey. One of the primary objectives was to generate data that could provide insights into the views and attitudes of Kenyan vote...

Contesting and Turning Over Power: Implications for Consolidation of Democracy in Lesotho

Since its transition to electoral democracy in 1993, Lesotho has experienced a series of upheavals related to the electoral process. Election results were vehemently contested in 1998, when the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) won all b...

Nigeria’s 2015 General Elections: Challenges and Opportunities

"Concerns about Nigeria’s ability to hold a peaceful general election in 2015 have characterised the work of governance, peace and security sector practitioners and policymakers for some time now. The prevailing discourse emanating from Nigerian a...

Zambia Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections 20 September 2011

"The Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation (PEMMO) were used as the basis for the election assessment by the EISA mission.At the time of the drafting of this statement, the tabulation and announcement of results were still...

Seychelles: The 2011 Seychelles Presidential Elections 19-21 May 2011

"In line with its vision for an African continent where democratic governance, human rights and citizen participation are upheld in a peaceful environment, EISA deployed a three-member technical assessment team to the Seychelles presidential elect...

South Africa National and Provincial Elections 22 April 2009

"This report covers the national and provincial elections on 22 April 2009 taking into account the context within which they were organised, and provides a thorough assessment by the mission which includes the findings and analysis of the elector...

Botswana Parliamentary and Local Government Elections 16 October 2009

"This report provides the assessment of the Technical Team of these elections, and includes its observations and analysis regarding pre-election, election and post-election phases. The report also provides the Team’s conclusions and recommendation...

Money and Politics in Nigeria

"This book is a product of two seminars on the theme of ‘money and politics' held by IFES at the University of Jos and the University of Ibadan in May 2006. It addresses the dimensions of political corruption in Nigeria that has begun to attract t...

The Kenyan Elections Within a Reconciliation Framework

"The next general election, slated for 4 March 2013, will mark yet another turning point in the history of Kenya. The current Policy Brief provides an analysis of the electoral process in Kenya, identifying it as an important and contributing fact...

Angola's Second Post War Elections: The Alchemy of Change

"The second post-war elections in Angola, in August 2012, have become a lens through which to observe the political changes this emerging African powerhouse will face in the coming years. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was elected for the firs...

Towards Delivering Credible Polls in Zimbabwe

"The people of Zimbabwe are expected to cast their votes in general elections in 2013. Because of the likelihood of a troubled lead-up to these elections, Zimbabwe’s political parties, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Unit...

Managing Election-related Violence: Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"This Policy & Practice Brief provides an overview of election related violence in the DRC while examining its electoral landscape. Furthermore, it analyses underlying and proximate threats as possible triggers for election-related violence. It al...

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"On November 28, 2011 the Democratic Republic of Congo is holding its second election since the end of a decade-long civil war in 2003. At stake is the credibility of the country’s fledgling democracy. The electoral process is a significant test ...

Individual Confidence and Personal Security in the 2005 Zimbabwean Elections

"The 2005 elections are the sixth parliamentary elections since Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. The first popular elections in Zimbabwe were held after the attainment of independence from colonial rule in 1980 and were held under the Lancast...

EISA Regional Observer mission report: Namibia Presidential and national assembly elections 15-16 November 2004

"The report outlines the EISA Observer mission's assessment, findings and analysis of the electoral process in all its phases, specifically the pre-election phase, the polling, counting and post-election phases which include the proclamation of th...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report Malawi parliamentary and presidential elections 20 May 2004

"The Electoral Institute of Southern Africa deployed a regional mission to observe the Malawi parliamentary and presidential elections which were held on 20 May 2004. This is the mission's report. The report cover the assessment of the electoral p...

Legitimisation or Delegitimisation of Electoral Process: Role of Domestic Electoral Observers (K-Dop) in Kenya's 2002 General Elections

"This contribution is structured in three parts : 1)political context of observation, The 2002 general elections was more a personality and ethnic contestation than an ideological contest between political parties. 2)Kenya domestic observation pr...

Election Talk [Mauritius]

This newsletter consists of 4 articles by different authors. Bertha Chiroro discusses the election results of 2005 in Mauritius as well as the Post Election disputes in 2005. Sydney Letsholo's article reflect on issues that arose in the aftermath ...

Election Update 2004 Namibia No 3

"This briefing paper assesses Namibia’s third Presidential and National Assembly elections that took place from Nov 15-16 2004. The paper will be deliberating on the following key elements: polling stations, election materials, secrecy of the ba...

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