"This edition of Synopsis focuses attention on the elections in Southern Africa and Africa in general. Several African States in the SADC region have either held elections recently or will be holding elections in 2010/2011. The articles cover selected aspects of democratic elections and governance. The first two articles discuss the disregard shown by political leaders for electoral outcomes and their efforts to prolong their stay in power. The second two articles are about the continued electoral hegemony and political dominance of some ruling parties in the face of negative socio economic conditions in their countries."