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Title:The first post-conflict legislative election in Liberia
Author:Kieh(Jr), George KlayISNI
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal (ISSN 0024-1989)
Geographic term:Liberia
Abstract:Legislative or parliamentary elections are integral to post-conflict elections and are critical to setting in motion the multidimensional process of postconflict peacebuilding. In the case of Liberia, after another civil war (which lasted from 1999-2003), the issue of choosing the new national leadership became a central matter. Accordingly, legislative elections were held in October, 2011. Against this backdrop, the purpose of this article is as follows. Firstly, it examines the electoral landscape as it serves as the crucible in which the election was held. Also theoretical issues, literature on postconflict elections, including legislative ones, are reviewed in order to situate the article within the context of scholarly literature. Secondly, the article interrogates the electoral process, from the registration of voters to the casting of ballots, within the context of the domestic Liberian political economy and security landscape, and discusses issues related to internally displaced persons and refugees. Third, the article deciphers the election results and interrogates the critical issue of electoral mechanics, and finally, it examines the implications of the electoral outcome for postconflict peacebuilding, especially political governance. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]