Roundtable: Making Elections More Legitimate in Africa
On 25 March 2014, the French Embassy in South Africa, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Institut de recherche et débat sur la gouvernance (IRG) based in Paris held a roundtable at the University of the Witwatersrand on ‘Making Elections More Legitimate in Africa’.
The 5th democratic national polls on 7 May and the upcoming celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on African elections since the third wave of democratisation swept the continent in the 1990s.
Experts including Ivan Crouzel (IRG), Granville Abrahams (Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa), Robert Gerenge (Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa), Prof. Adele Jinadu (University of Lagos) and Steven Gruzd and Yarik Turianskyi (SAIIA) discussed case studies from Southern and West Africa, as well as present theory behind holding free and fair elections and examined the role of continental instruments.
The roundtable will result in a joint publication in French and English.