Electoral Administration: Achievements and Continuing Challenges

  • Claude Kabemba


To most, the cornerstone of democracy is the regular holding of free and fair elections, in which multiple political parties are able to participate. The organization of credible and transparent elections is an important feature of the democratic process, yet one that is often overlooked in analyses of democratic consolidation. Since elections are one of the primary ways in which citizens engage with the state and one of the most basic sources of legitimacy for a government, it is important that they be conducted and administered in a competent manner, by an organization that is viewed by most as politically impartial and immune from government meddling. When electoral administrations are politicized or incompetent, election results are frequently contested and resisted by both citizens and the parties that performed poorly in the elections. Therefore, assessing the organization that administers elections is critical in evaluating the progress of democratic institutionalization in South Africa.


Polling Station Political Party Electoral Administration Electoral Process African National Congress 
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