Dr Thomas Molony – Dr Robert Macdonald | How do Citizens View Election Observers in Zambia, The Gambia and Kenya?

Jun 17, 2024 | behavioural sciences

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Across the world, citizen and international election observers have been deployed to watch over polls, to improve electoral quality and transparency. Their presence is designed to reduce problems such as election-day fraud, voter suppression, and political violence. In African countries, observers have been commonly deployed since the 1990s. However, during recent elections across the continent, their role has been questioned. Some feel that their methods are flawed, while others have accused them of bias. Nevertheless, it is not clear how widespread these views are, as citizens’ perspectives are often missing from debate. Read More

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Based on summary findings of https://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/lmeo, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 



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