ISBN 9780798302104
Pages 152
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2008
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Electoral Process and the Prospects for Democracy Consolidation

Contextualising the African multiparty elections of 2004

edited by Korwa G. Adar, Abdalla Hamdok, Joram Rukambe

Any study of Africa's multiparty elections reveals inherent institutional and systemic difficulties that raise questions about the electoral outcomes in the emerging democracies. An assessment of electoral processes in Africa poses methodological, conceptual, and theoretical challenges to scholars and practitioners. The chapters of this volume address these issues through an assessment of the electoral processes and an examination of democratisation trends in Africa, with special focus on case studies. The chapters on Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa analyse these complexities holistically. They examine: the potency and independence of electoral institutions; adherence to electoral laws by those charged with the statutory powers as well as the participants in the elections; the role of the media, election monitors and observers, civil society, and political parties. The authors also assess whether or not elections were conducted in a free and fair environment conducive for multiparty electoral practice and consolidation.

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About the Editors

Korwa G. Adar

Prof Korwa Gombe Adar is Professor of International Studies, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. 

Abdalla Hamdok

Abdalla Hamdok is the Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).

Joram Rukambe

Joram Rukambe is the programme manager for Africa at the IDEA.

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