Additional Reading on Electoral Security

Elections Worth Dying For? A Selection of Case Studies from Africa

International Foundation for Electoral Systems | August 31, 2014

Election management bodies play a fundamental role in both preventing and mitigating violence. They are responsible for decisions throughout the full electoral cycle, and phased, continual engagement is needed long before and after the election day itself. By examining how these bodies have behaved in Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, and elsewhere, this book draws lessons for countering electoral violence by embracing electoral education, using technology, including the media and minority groups, and regulating the influence of money.

Elections and the Risk of Instability in Africa: Supporting Legitimate Electoral Processes

Ivan Crouzel, South African Institute of International Affairs, July 31, 2014

Historically, election related violence is common in Africa, where some leaders have maintained power for decades. As a result, instability ensues when political regimes loose elections. Technology can be used as a risk management tool to promote dialogue throughout an election, enabling people to report election related violence. There is a need for strong electoral management bodies and civil society organizations to be involved in elections, reducing corruption and promoting an open electoral process.

DR Congo: 24 Killed since Election Results Announced

By Human Rights Watch, December 2011

Congolese security forces, particularly the presidential guard, have killed and detained dozens of civilians prior to recent presidential elections and during subsequent protests against the results. The deployment of the presidential guard, however, appeared to violate Congolese law. The election has undercut the legitimacy of the government and the stability this would bring the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Strategies to Prevent and Manage Electoral Violence: Considerations for Policy

By Kristine Höglund and Anna K. Jarstad, ACCORD, June 2010

Free and fair elections are vital components of strategies to foster enduring stability. However, attempts to intimidate voters or manipulate elections through violence by political incumbents and challengers alike are frequent in Africa. Mechanisms to monitor campaigns, mediate emerging disputes, and coordinate institutional roles and responsibilities can foster safe and lively participation in elections and enhance respect for their results and democratic norms more generally.

Security Topics:  Electoral Security