In many instances election management resembles crises management. This is simply because of the huge significance of elections as access to national resources and power; the personalization of state powers by elected officials and the reluctance of politicians to play by the rules.

SADC must act to end sham democracy

While there were celebrations both in Lesotho and around the region when the opposition won the elections in 2012 and power was peacefully handed over, no one was entirely sure how the new government would cope – not only because Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili had been in charge for so long but also because it was a coalition government.

ACHPR alarmed by actions of Swazi authorities

A hallmark of a democratic election is that it is conducted through a predictable process while the outcome is not. Do recent elections in Africa meet this mundane test?

Commission should push for democratic change

By Pansy Tlakula - As the African Union meets this weekend in Addis Ababa at its 18th Summit, most Member States will be preoccupied with the contest for the next African Union Commission Chairperson. The incumbent Jean Ping faces a challenge from the widely respected South African Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

AU mission calls for democratic reforms

Mail & Guardian in-depth report into graft in Angola

Human Rights Watch paints a bleak picture

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