The Role of Civil Society in Elections: The KwaZulu-Natal Democracy and Elections Forum – Reducing Conflict Dynamics and Promoting Peace

The role of civil society in elections often takes the form of support for the institutional processes of a democratic election as well as the more substantive development of a democratic electorate. Civil society does, however, have a role to play in reducing election-related conflict dynamics and promoting a peaceful electoral environment. This paper examines the role of the KwaZulu-Natal Democracy and Elections Forum (KZNDEF) in elections in KwaZulu-Natal. The paper examines the role played by the KZNDEF’s five subcommittees in and their impact on the deepening of democracy, the reduction of conflict dynamics and the promotion of peace in KwaZulu-Natal, a province plagued with election-related violence.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: African National Congress (ANC), civil society, Inkatha Freedom party (IFP), KwaZulu-Natal Democracy and Elections Forum (KZNDEF)
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