CIPI publishes edited volume on election violence prevention-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, October 7, 2011

CIPI publishes edited volume on election violence prevention

Cover, Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa
Cover, Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa

The Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) are proud to announce the publication of Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa, an analysis of the contributors to electoral instability in Africa - and precautions that leaders can adopt to prevent violence from marring the electoral process. The volume is edited by Dr. Jendayi Frazer, CIPI Director and Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Dr. E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of CDD-Ghana and Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana. Read the introduction (PDF)

With the aim of expanding the dialogue in order “to ensure free and fair elections in which all of Africa’s people can safely exercise their democratic rights,” Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa is a practitioner’s guide providing first-hand accounts and lessons from scholars, political and civic leaders in the field.

Borne from the Conference on Preventing Electoral Violence and Instituting Good Governance hosted by CIPI and CDD-Ghana in March 2010, the text offers best practices and recommendations developed by the distinguished conference attendees. The participants reviewed recent incidents of election violence across Africa to gather lessons on the conditions and triggers for violence as well as discussed steps that could be undertaken to prevent violence in future elections. Elections in several countries served as case studies for the discussion, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda, and host county Ghana. Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa is an encapsulation of the collective wisdom of the group, which included electoral commissioners, government ministers, scholars, civic leaders, business executives and officials from the African Union, East African Community, European Union and the United Nations.

Both Dr. Frazer, who is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Africa, and Dr. Gyimah-Boadi, who is also the Executive Director of Afrobarometer, authored chapters in the book. Ambassador D. K. Osei, Diplomat in Residence at the Legon Center for International Affairs, contributed a chapter on the role of diplomacy in mitigating violence. The text also features the insights of H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of Ghana, and Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who share their thoughts on the issue of electoral violence in the context of Ghana’s successful 2008 presidential contest.

As has been evident in the months following the Conference on Preventing Electoral Violence held in Accra – especially through recent contests in Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria – the issue of electoral violence continues to receive prominent attention. With two dozen African countries holding electoral contests through the end of 2012, this book is especially timely for policy-makers, scholars, civic leaders and activists interested in ending deadly violence and advancing democracy.

The book was published by the Carnegie Mellon University Press.