Managing Conflict in Elections

South Africans are keen to have a peaceful, free and fair election.  The Election Monitoring Network has developed a toolkit for organisations who want to contribute to the prevention, management and mitigation of violence over the election period.

The focus of the network is to:
• Ensure that lives are not lost in the election process;
• Maintain a stable context for elections to occur;
• Ensure that the election process is legitimate.

This approach to monitoring the 2009 general election in South Africa is based on a Rapid Response approach – monitors identify, analyse and respond to incidents that could have a negative impact on the election process.

The five key areas that will be focussed on are:
1. Intolerance;
2. Incitement;
3. Disenfranchisement;
4. Political posturing;
5. Manipulation/discrediting of bodies such as the IEC.

The Election Monitoring Network is working in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), security forces and other electoral agencies during the pre-election, election and post-election phases. As a civil society monitoring body, the Election Monitoring Network will intervene in situations that could lead to political violence.

Read more about this work, and see the toolkit here.

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4 Responses

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  2. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  3. Hello !! ^_^
    I am Piter Kokoniz. oOnly want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: will you continue to post in this blog in future?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you:)
    Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

  4. i want more inforemation on electoral conflict to enable me write my thesis

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