'The Thought is Father to the Deed' : Questioning the Administration of Elections in SADC

"Two variables shape Electoral Commissions’ health and the contribution they make to deepen democracy : the effectiveness with which they organize elections and help people to make informed choices (the active and responsible participation of ordinary people in the democratic process is central to the development of a healthy democracy) and the extent to which they can secure their independence, especially vis a vis the ruling party. On both counts, the SADC balance sheet is mixed."