EISA will be holding a conference in partnership with Centro De Estudos De Democracia E Desenvolvimento (CEDE) on Consolidating Peace and Democracy in Mozambique through Election-related Conflict Management Initiatives, from the 22nd to 23rd July 2003 at the Hotel Polana in Maputo, Mozambique.
The Southern African Region has been a theatre of violent conflicts that to a considerable degree undermined both democratic governance and economic progress. Although, the era of the Cold War and apartheid has come and gone, thus heralding a relative peace dividend in the region, pockets of violent conflict especially of an intra-state nature still persist in countries like Angola and the DRC. It is, however, gratifying that protracted negotiations in both countries have produced satisfactory results with relative peace prevailing presently and both countries planning to hold general elections in the near future in order to consolidate peace, security and democratic governance.
In Mozambique, protracted violent conflict was terminated in 1992 through a negotiated settlement. The peace process was then consolidated through the general election in 1994. The democratic process was further consolidated with the holding of the local elections in 1998 and the second round of general elections in 1999. But in all these elections the opposition (RENAMO) refused to accept the results of the elections claiming electoral fraud. It is clear that if solutions are not found to problems that the electoral process faces in Mozambique, soon or later, peace and stability can be affected.
The specific objectives of the conference are to
Thanks to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for funding this event