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Title:A democratic political order after violence: lessons from electioneering in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author:Tshimba, David-Ngendo
Year:2015
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Volume:21
Issue:2
Pages:217-242
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:elections
2006
2011
democratization
peacebuilding
Abstract:This article delves into the predicaments of elections after violent armed conflicts as a means to rebuild broken political structures and restore a democratic political order. The article acknowledges that elections are not a guarantee for order and stability in the aftermath of political violence. Many examples of electoral engineering in post-Cold War Africa have fallen short of meaningful political reconstruction. The article proceeds with an analysis of the case of 'electocracy', the quest for a democratic dispensation through the sole path of popular elections, in the post-war Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) based on the 2006 and 2011 general elections. The article suggests that the need to conduct general elections should not take pre-eminence on the political to-do list of priorities facing a post-violence country such as today's DRC. Instead, the article argues for political institutionalization through socially emancipating politics. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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