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Electoral Integrity in Africa: Under Imminent Threat?


Protea Hotel Balalaika, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

25-26 September 2019

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Concept Note

Background

Observation of recent electoral processes in Africa has highlighted certain trends in the conduct elections that impact on electoral outcomes and overall integrity of elections. The role of the judiciary in electoral processes points to an emerging trend of electoral outcomes being determined by the The Fourteenth Annual EISA Symposium 2019 banner courts, rather than by the will of the people. Some have argued that it signals an abdication of the people's will.

The postponement of elections has also been observed as an emerging trend in recent elections; the question that remains unanswered, is whether or not these postponements contribute to the integrity of the elections at the end of the process.

The use of technology across different aspects of electoral processes is fast becoming the norm in Africa. While the use of electronic voting is yet to be widespread, questions around cyber security, privacy and transparency have become key issues as most countries have introduced different forms of The Fourteenth Annual EISA Symposium 2019 banner technologies in voter registration, voter identification and results management.

The Fourteenth EISA annual symposium aims to share experiences and to draw lessons from the evolving electoral trends that impact on the integrity of elections in Africa. The symposium will review specifically the recent electoral processes in DRC, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. Speakers will be drawn from research and academic institutions, election management bodies and independent experts in the field.

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