African Governance Report III - 2013

Elections and the Management of Diversity

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This report is the most comprehensive report on governance in Africa, assesses and monitors the progress African countries are making on governance, identifies capacity gaps in governance institutions and proposes polices and strategic interventions aimed at promoting good governance on the continent. It focuses on political and economic governance, development of the private sector and corporate governance, checks and balances in political power, institutional effectiveness and accountability of the executive, human rights and the rule of law, corruption and institutional capacity building. The theme of this third edition of the report revolves around elections in Africa becoming a significant tool for political change and genuine democratization.

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Electoral management boards

Perhaps no other institution is as pivotal to the electoral process in Africa as the electoral management board (EMB). An independent EMB is the fulcrum of electoral governance—the broad institutional legal and political framework of regulations for competitive party and electoral process in the post-transition modern democratic state. Succinctly: “The key element of the democratic process is the periodic holding of free and fair elections . . . for which the existence of EMBs, which are politically legitimate and technically efficient, is a necessary condition”.

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