Electoral Security

  • In Kenya, Using Technology for Safer Elections

    Africa-Technology-TelecommunicationsBy IFES, June 2012. In response to the violence following Kenya's 2007 presidential election, the electoral commission has introduced several new technologies. Biometric voter registration and electronic results tallying and transmission will improve the reliability and speed of vote counting, while greater cooperation with the media and new authorities allowing the commission to prosecute electoral irregularities and violence will ensure more transparent, secure, and credible electoral process. Download the Article: [PDF]
  • Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence: Strengthening the Role of the African Union in Preventing, Managing, and Resolving Conflict

    Election_Related_DisputesBy African Union Panel of the Wise and International Peace Institute, 2010. Elections are competitive processes that if not constructively managed can potentially foment destabilizing disputes. Africa should make deliberate efforts to progressively and creatively move toward electoral systems that broaden representation, recognize diversity, and respect majority rule while at the same time protecting minority rights. When conflicts do emerge external actors such as the African Union have a range of dispute resolution and confidence-building mechanisms that can defuse the escalation of violence. Download the Article: [PDF]
  • Preventing and Managing Violent Election-Related Conflicts in Africa: Exploring Good Practices

    elections_kenyaBy Khabele Matlosa, Victor Shale and Dimpho Motsamai. Electoral Institute for Sustainability of Democracy in Africa, 2010.

    Violence during elections tends to be an outgrowth of elite struggles for control of state power and resources and is much more likely when rules and institutions to manage political competition are weak or manipulable. Political party liaison mechanisms and more autonomous electoral commissions can mitigate triggers of violence, but genuine prevention requires that the African Union and Regional Economic Communities pressure political elites to support and observe legitimate electoral processes. Download the Article: [PDF]

  • Colloquium on African Elections: Best Practices and Cross-Sectoral Collaboration

    GHANA ELECTIONBy Colloquium on African Elections: Best Practices and Cross-Sectoral Collaboration The National Democratic Institute, 2010. Elections are complex multi-stage cycles that require close coordination among many partners. The security services play a vital role in such collaborative efforts by performing pre-election threat assessments and response plans, actively participating in electoral coordinating bodies, and providing a safe and secure environment that supports the process in an impartial manner. Download the Article: [PDF]

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