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Title:Election management bodies in West Africa: a comparative study of the contribution of electoral commissions to the strengthening of democracy
Editor:Fall, Ismaila MadiorISNI
City of publisher:Stellenbosch
Publisher:Open Society Foundations
ISBN:1920489169; 9781920489168; 9781920489724; 9781920489731; 9781920489748
Geographic terms:West Africa
Cape Verde
Sierra Leone
Subjects:election management bodies
Abstract:Electoral management bodies (EMBs) have become a keystone of the process of democratization in West Africa. Their composition, mandate and activities have attracted increasing public attention. This report provides information about an institution that occupies a more and more important place in the political process in West Africa. It is an in-depth study of EMBs in six countries - Benin, Cape Verde, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone - based on documentary research and detailed interviews in each country. An introductory chapter, which draws also on a separate study by AfriMAP of election management in Uganda, provides a comparative analysis which highlights the similarities and differences in the structure and operations of each body, and attempts to establish the reasons for their comparative successes and failures. For each country, the study explores in detail the extent to which the EMBs fulfil their responsibilities, the degree to which they are independent of the executive, the effectiveness of their performance, and their contribution to the improvement of the quality of elections and consequently the quality of democracy in each country, as well as the systems for adjudicating electoral disputes. The study situates EMBs in their broader context, taking account of their status as a product of the struggle for democracy in each case, their anchorage in the constitutional traditions of each society, their place in the history of political reform, and their interaction with the other institutions of each country. Contributors: Pascal Kambale, Mathias Hounkpe, Ismaila Madior Fall, Adele Jinadu. [ASC Leiden abstract]