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On the 8th of February, Zimbabwe’s political principals - President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara - met to discuss outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) ahead of a planned visit by SADC facilitator, President Zuma of South Africa. And the story that was given to the media after the lengthy discussion seemed very positive - on a host of issues from the constitution to elections to media reform to a land audit.

Angola's elections have come and gone but few Angolans have much to celebrate. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos does, as he can now look forward to another 5 years in office - on top of the 33 he has already enjoyed

Still no detailed plan for security or polling stations

Let’s start with the good news – the lower chamber of the DRC parliament has finally begun discussing a bill to reform the national electoral commission (CENI), which played such a pivotal role in the shameful presidential and parliamentary elections of November 2011.

US appoints new Special Representative

Campaign starts amid fears of violence

Election calendar tight; candidate list; more police violence

Over the past two decades, Southern African countries have entrenched the use of elections as the only means and medium for electing governments and representative institutions in governance. Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) are central to the delivery and quality of elections. These institutions are mandated to manage most or all aspects of the electoral process. Informed by diverse factors - the design, mandate, extent of powers and even the number of institutions responsible for electoral matters vary in each country.

This document is a report on the Malawi Election Information Centre (MEIC), an Election Situation Room (ESR) and citizen journalism initiative for the 2014 tripartite elections in Malawi,

The Democracy and Governance programme at OSISA is holding a 2 day meeting for its partners in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to learn from the West African pioneered election management system – the Situation Room.

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