ELECTIONS & THE MANAGEMENT OF DIVERSITY
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is launching the third edition of the Africa Governance Report (AGR III) on Thursday June 5 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This Report focuses on the theme: “Elections and Management of Diversity”. The Report indicates that overall, Africa has made progress, with some indicators, including respect for human rights and the rule of law, legislative capacity, civil society engagement and civil liberties. This notwithstanding, progress remains low and has not allowed for the strengthening of democratization in the continent.
On the theme of elections, the Report emphasizes that since the launch of democratization in the 1990s’, elections have become more regular on the continent, as a mechanism for popular expression, leadership selection and political accountability. However, greater regularity has not necessarily enhanced their value as sectarian mobilization, intimidation and violence have often turned polls into conflict triggers rather than instruments for resolving differences.
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