New elections in Namibia:
Any Lessons from Zimbabwe?
Parliamentary and presidential elections take place in Namibia next week. A long withheld but just released report provides a reminder that elections should be an important criterion for legitimate political rule.
The report by two South African high court judges observing the 2002 general elections in Zimbabwe concludes that these should not have been considered free and fair.
Leaders of other SADC countries such as Angola, Namibia and South Africa were among the very first to whitewash the result that kept Mugabe in office and congratulate him for his ‘victory’.
Scrutinizing the elections in a wider context, including not only the act of voting during election day but also the general environment for parties to campaign, is of utmost relevance to secure confidence and trust.