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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Roundtable: Making Elections More Legitimate in Africa

Roundtable: Making Elections More Legitimate in Africa ©SAIIA/ Riona Judge McCormack
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (Institut de recherche et débat sur la gouvernance - IRG) based in Paris and the Embassy of France in South Africa held a roundtable on ‘Making Elections More Legitimate in Africa’ on 25 March 2014.

Event Background

In 2014, South Africa will be celebrating 20 years of democracy, and holding its fifth democratic national poll on 7 May. This provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on African elections since the third wave of democratisation swept the continent in the 1990s. Experts will discuss case studies from Southern and West Africa, as well as present theory behind holding free and fair elections and examine the role of continental instruments.

Event details

Date:        Tuesday 25 March 2014
Time:       09:00-15:15
Venue:     SAIIA boardroom, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Download the pdf event programme (225.85 kB) .

Download the presentation ' pdf  How can continental instruments improve elections in Africa? (504.24 kB) ' by Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi of SAIIA

Download the presentation ' pdf  Elections from an Observer Perspective: Case Studies of the 2013 Zimbabwe and Kenya General Elections (536.16 kB) ' by Robert Gerenge

Download the presentation ' pdf  Importance of an Independent Electoral Commission for free and fair elections: Case Study of SA (142.81 kB) ' by Granville Abrahams

Read an article on the event published on the Polity website, 'Elections not a panacea for African countries in crisis'.

Click here for a range of photographs on SAIIA's Facebook page

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