DDP and My Vote Counts Political Summit

 

DDP and My Vote Counts Political Summit

Electoral Accountability in Africa
  • When Jul 10, 2019 08:00 AM to Jul 11, 2019 04:00 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
  • Where ONOMO HOTEL - 56 K E MASINGA ROAD, DURBAN
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Phone 0313049305
  • Attendees Political representatives from more than 10 Countries in the African continent and abroad.
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Rationale for this summit

Twenty-four countries across the continent of Africa will be holding elections this year. These transitions in leadership provide an opportunity to entrench democratic political systems and to gauge the effectiveness of institutions mandated to safeguard our democracies.

Unfortunately, many of our past elections have been mired in controversy. Research indicates that more than half of Africa’s ongoing conflicts are a result of claims over legitimacy which poses a massive security risk.

Although some African countries have made strides in the consolidation of their electoral democracies, studies reveal that the threat to electoral integrity is greater in Africa than it is anywhere else is the world. Furthermore, many countries have suffered from political violence, capture of state institutions, militarisation and a deeper entrenchment of autocracy.

Regardless of the outcome of these elections, their importance lies in not only electing leaders but in determining the democratic trajectory of our continent.

It is for this reason that the opportune time to convene a political summit on Electoral Accountability in Africa is now. The need for electoral reform is often brought to the fore just before elections. However, this is problematic as it is impossible to enact the required reform in such a short amount of time. While it is critical to address our imminent electoral challenges, it is also important for civil society organisations to take the long view.

Therefore, this period in which almost half the continent is holding elections, is best suited to reflect on the effectiveness of our electoral systems, our institutions and political culture in order to ascertain how we can ensure greater electoral accountability on the continent in preparation for the next cycle of elections and beyond.

Purpose

The summit will be attended by election stakeholders such as civil society organisations, representatives of election management bodies and politicians from across Africa that will speak to the state of electoral accountability in their respective home countries.

This will create the platform for participants to share their experiences and knowledge on the trends, lessons learnt and challenges to electoral accountability, in addition to the role of election stakeholders and the need for electoral reform.

These discussions will provide an opportunity for engagement between election related stakeholders to bring awareness of the gaps in our electoral laws and systems that need to be addressed, in addition to identifying solutions and strategies of how to do so.

Outcome

A grounded research agenda will be developed from this summit to delve deeper into this concept and inform the 2020 summit. For DDP and MVC specifically, the summit will provide basis for our research and advocacy work on electoral accountability, going forward.