Electoral Process and the Prospects for Democracy Consolidation

Electoral Process and the Prospects for Democracy Consolidation

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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.Contextualising the African Multiparty Elections of 2004 Abdalla Hamdok, Joram Rukambe Korwa Gombe Adar ... In light of the above apprehension and to ensure that decorum and the national interest influenced the campaigns of political parties, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), ... Are committed to the maintenance of peaceful and stable ... 2000, under the joint chairmanship of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).

Title:Electoral Process and the Prospects for Democracy Consolidation
Author: Abdalla Hamdok, Joram Rukambe
Publisher:African Books Collective - 2008

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