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 their impact on, or implications for, democratic governance and political stability of the states concerned and of the region as a whole. The third section turns to an examination of efforts under way in these countries to institute some reform measures to their electoral systems in order to strive towards democratic consolidation and political stability. The fourth section compares the main electoral models used in the SADC region – namely first-past-the-post and proportional representation. Section five provides lessons learnt from the electoral reform processes in Lesotho and Mauritius and revisits our major findings. The final section proposes some policy recommendations for electoral system reform in the SADC region."