Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa 1989-2009: 20 Years of Multiparty Democracy

Edited by Denis Kadima and Susan Booysen
Johannesburg: EISA, 2009

The Compendium of Elections in Southern Africa is comprehensive account of the first two decades of inclusive and competitive elections in the region. Covering the period from 1989 to 2009, the book deals with 14 countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The editors of the Compendium hope to offer a useful resource to scholars and politics students, elections practitioners and election observers with an interest in democracy and elections in Southern Africa.

The last decade of the previous millennium and the first decade of the new millennium have been characterised by an unprecedented number of competitive multiparty elections in the Southern African region and in the rest of the African continent. This period shows that elections took root and increasingly occurred at regular intervals. In most instances electoral management increased in quality. However, behind the veil of frequency lies a reality of uneven political quality of elections. The study identifies some of the main regional trends and highlights progression and regression in the quality of elections held in the region.

About the authors

Denis Kadima is EISA’s Executive Director. He has expanded the organisation’s geographic and programmatic scope, which now covers the whole of Africa and encompasses not only elections but also selected areas in the Democracy and Governance field, including Political Party Strengthening, Parliamentary Development, Decentralisation & Local Governance and the APRM. Mr Kadima has published extensively on party systems, election systems and processes, and election observation. He is the founder of EISA’s Journal of African Elections, an accredited journal. Mr Kadima is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Africa Trust and a member of the IFES Executive Advisory Council.

Susan Booysen is a Professor in the Graduate School of Public & Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is widely published in the fields of South and Southern African politics, with particular emphasis on elections and democracy, political power, public policy and governance. Amongst her publications are more than 30 peer reviewed international and South African journal articles. She also has numerous monographs, chapters in books and consultancy research reports behind her name. She is the author of a forthcoming book (2010) on the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa and its first 15 years in political power. She is past president of the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS), frequently conducts media analyses of politics in South and Southern Africa, and is contributing editor to the Johannesburg newspaper, The Star.