Event BackgroundIn 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 detailsDate: Tuesday 25 March 2014
Venue: SAIIA boardroom, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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'.
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