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Nigeria's Democracy and the Crisis of Political Instability : An Audit of the Electrical System

"In this lecture, I have tried to look at Nigeria’s electoral system and the consequences on political stability. Unfortunately, I have only done this superficially for reasons which I believe are quite obvious to this very distinguished gathering...

Gender and Political Representation In Botswana

This policy brief examines the level of participation of women in the electoral process of Botswana. Women are poorly represented in decision making bodies and this has far reaching implications. Equal participation is necessary for social, politi...

Strengthening Ghana's Electoral System : A Precondition for Stability and Development

Inextricably interwoven with elections, is the democratization process. Political party engagement stems from the aggregation of political ideas through political parties so that a meaningful political competition can take place. Hence, to rig an ...

Strengthening Ghana's Electoral System : A Precondition for Stability and Development

In Africa the democratization process is inextricably interwoven with elections. Elections give meaning to the concept of political representation and the protection of all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the...

Guinea-Bissau after Vieira: Challenges and Opportunities

"On 7 June 1998, an army mutiny led by former Chief of Staff, General Ansumane Mane, plunged the Republic of Guinea-Bissau into devasting civil war. The coup aimed to oust President Joao Bernardo Vieira, who had come to power in a military coup ag...

Egypt The People's Assembly and Shura Council Elections November 2011 - February 2012

"The elections covered in this report are the first post 'Arab Spring' parliamentary elections in Egypt. The 25 January 2011 'day of rage' protests in Egypt started with young people mobilising to demand the freedom to express their political righ...

Elections and the Management of Diversity in Botswana

"Good governance has come to be the prerequisite for foreign direct investment in developing countries. While the definition of good governance remains disputed, its fundamental elements are generally agreed. These include: free, fair and transpa...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Namibia Country Report

"This report examines how the Namibian parliament engages with the public in its work and, in turn, how civil society actively participates in the legislative process. In order to gain an understanding of these processes, research in Windhoek an...

EISA Technical assessment team report Swaziland House of assembly election 19 September 2008

"This report sets forth the assessment of the EISA team to the Swaziland elections including the team’s observations and analysis of the electoral process from the pre-election phase and the polling phase to the tabulation and announcement of the ...

EISA Election Observer Mission Report The Zimbabwe harmonised elections of 29 March 2008 Presidential, parliamentary and local government elections with postscript on the presidential run-off of 27 June 2008 and the Multi-Party agreement of 15 September 2

"This report deals primarily with the harmonized elections of 29 March 2008 and provides an assessment of the EISA observer mission. The EISA mission used the principles for Elections Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC region as t...

Election Talk [Zimbabwe]

This newsletter contains 4 articles. Masterson's article examines various pieces of legislation and how they interact to establish the conditions for the political parties to compete in the upcoming elections. Kabemba's article aims to interrogate...

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...

Parties and Political Development in Mozambique

"The present study has highlighted a number of critical shortcomings in the institutionalization of parties in Mozambique. It is thus an important contribution to the debate on the role of parties in the consolidation of the democratic process in ...

Political Parties in Botswana

"The focus of this study was political parties in Botswana, looking at their history, structure and functioning, internal democracy (primaries and nomination), leadership and succession, and gender representation. The study is informed by the unde...

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 Commis...

The Proposed Creation Of New Constituencies

"The announcement by the Electoral Commission that thirty (30) additional parliamentary constituencies are to be created has provoked a confrontation between the Commission and the minority parties and generated heated public debate in the media...

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