Regional Initiatives for Electoral Reform in SADC 2004

2-3 August 2004
Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

EISA will be co-hosting a regional conference on electoral reforms with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN). The theme of the conference is Regional Initiatives for Electoral Reform in SADC: Strengthening Democratic Transformation through Identified Benchmarks in the Region.

The aim of the conference is to create a platform on which delegates will share experiences on electoral reform initiatives in the region. Delegates will also discuss what electoral stakeholders in the region have agreed are best practices for electoral management, monitoring and observation. The conference will feature discussion on Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) and how these can be structured and appointed such that the elections conducted are legitimate, credible and reflect the will of the voters.

We hope to create consensus on the best practices in election administration and management particularly at this critical time in the regionís history.

The conference will be attended by Members of Parliament, Electoral Commissioners, representatives of political parties and Civil Society Organisations from SADC, the continent and beyond.