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Title   Trick or treat? The effects of the pre-election climate on the poll in the 2005 Zimbabwe parliamentary elections
Author Reeler, Tony, and Kuda Chitsike; IDASA
Edition PDF
Published Cape Town: IDASA
Year 2005-07-01
Pages 56
Abstract While elections are not the only rubric for determining the legitimacy of a state, they have become increasingly important. In Zimbabwe, in the past five years, elections have been elevated to the only constitutive principle for determining legitimacy, aided considerably by the position of the African nations, and South Africa in particular. The rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, human rights and good governance, while generally accepted as additionally crucial to legitimacy and democracy, have been minimised in the Zimbabwe context by African countries, but not by the Western world in general. African countries, frequently led by South Africa, have been responsible not only for validating elections, but also for quashing motions in international meetings that would have been condemnatory of Zimbabwe’s recent record in the observance of human rights and the rule of law.
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