Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Elections in Africa

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies has a good collection of poltical posters, leaflets, panphlets and other materials from political parties across the Commonwealth, including African nations. This material is most rich for the later 1960s through to the early 1980s though we still collect this material (and welcome any donations!).
The Library also collects publications relating to elections and good analytical material often is published soon after elections in most African countries.

Much can now be found electronically about elections and from political parties, even in the developing world. One useful source for studying more recent elections is:

African Elections Project

The African Elections Project is a special project of the International Institute for ICT Journalism  working hand in partnership with other organisations including the Open Society Initiative for West Africa. It aims to develop ICT and technology in African nations to enable the media and political organisations to use technology as a tool for enhancing democracy during election campaigns. To the present time efforts have been on concentrated mainly in a number of West African nations including Ghana, Guinea and the Ivory Coast; and Southern African nations including Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Botswana.

Typical country files include surveys of elections, links to blogs, news stories, and photographs. Some materials are offered in French only.

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