Impact of HIV/AIDS on Electoral Processes in Southern Africa

"This paper discusses the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the electoral process. It is argued that there is not an aspect of life that seems untouched by this pandemic. A recent case study by Idasa in Zambia revealed that the country’s number of by-elections have substantially increased in the era of HIV/AIDS (1984-2003) compared to the ‘Aids free era” (1964- 1984)."