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Democracy, Elections & Political Parties A Conceptual Overview with Special Emphasis on Africa

"This paper develops,in a manageable manner, a conceptual framework in order to adequately define the essentially contested concepts of democracy, elections and political parties. There is much overlap in these concepts which are abundantly used i...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Malawi Country Report

"The report begins by providing a brief background of Malawi's political history and the main features of parliamentary democracy that have emerged since 1994. In addition, election results, composition of parliament and the electoral and gover...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Zambia country report

"This study interrogates the past, attempts a brief analysis of the historical background, and then relates that historical background to the current debate regarding the Zambian parliament and its role in the democratisation process. The role ...

Election Talk [Tanzania]

This newsletter consists of 5 articles by different authors. The articles examines the electoral environment in Tanzania, citing relevant laws and discussing the Election Management Body, delimitation of boundaries, and the electoral system used i...

Political Parties: Development and Change in Malawi

"Multiparty democracy is becoming increasingly entrenched in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)region. The first stage of the programme focused on political parties and attempted to answer whether the transition improved the effect...

Survey of Electoral Sytems and Reform Imperatives in the SADC Region

"This study reveals that although much progress has been registered since the early 1990’s, a variety of democracy deficits still bedevil efforts towards democratic consolidation. These include, among others, the form and content of electoral syst...

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

"The methodology used in this study revolves around a comparative analysis of existing electoral models in the seven selected countries. This report chronicles the workings of various electoral systems or models in place in these countries and the...

Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC Region as adopted on 6 November 2003 at the Kaponong Hotel and Conference Centre, Benoni, Johannesburg

"The document is structured in such a way as to reflect the chronology of events in the management of elections. It begins by discussing the requirements for a sound political and constitutional dispensation that will give birth to an election reg...

Election Fatigue? Half of Basotho want a Different Way to Choose Leaders

Transparent, free, and fair elections are a cornerstone of a functioning democracy. But can there be too much of a good thing? Lesotho has had three general elections in the past six years (in 2012, 2015, and 2017). Each failed to produce an outri...

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