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Title:Second elections in Africa: an overview
Author:Sadie, YolandaISNI
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic term:Africa
External link:http://www.unisa.ac.za/contents/publications/docs/polit201.pdf
Abstract:The African continent has witnessed new, inclusive, multiparty elections in 35 States since the end of 1989. By 1999 22 of the newly democratized States in sub-Saharan Africa had held second multiparty elections. This article examines how 'successful' these second elections have been. A 'successful' election is more stringent than the popular criteria for 'free and fair' elections as it also focuses on the outcome and aftermath of the election rather than merely the integrity of the election process. In the assessment of second elections various indicators are used, such as: the extent to which the elections were free and fair, the impact of the electoral system on the results, voter turnout, the meaning and implications of the results as well as the acceptance of the outcome. The article focuses on legislative elections and inludes an analysis of the implications of second elections in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi and Mozambique. Bibliogr., notes, sum.