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Vol 55 No 4

Published 21st February 2014


Poll systems under scrutiny

No one yet knows what systems will be used in the coming elections but the conduct of the last referendum raised some big questions

Election observers have yet to learn what kind of electoral system will be employed in the presidential election that will precede parliamentary polls. However, for those experts interested in scrutiny of polling methods and fairness, the election system itself is crucial. Referring to the 14-15 January referendum on the constitution, the head of one international observation mission in Cairo told Africa Confidential that – although they had seen nothing untoward during the two-day process – if they had been eligible to vote, they would have boycotted it. 'The judges supervising the referendum got manuals full of procedures, but there was no training.'

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