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Elections in AfricaA Data Handbook$
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Dieter Nohlen, Bernard Thibaut, and Michael Krennerich

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296452.001.0001

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Elections and Electoral Systems in Africa

Elections and Electoral Systems in Africa

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Elections in Africa

Dieter Nohlen

Michael Krennerich (Contributor Webpage)

Bernhard Thibaut

Oxford University Press

This is a comparative introduction to elections and electoral systems in Africa. The first section is a historical overview, which points out that although elections have been an integral part of African politics since political independence, they take place with a wide range of frequencies and under very difficult political conditions. The second section discusses the types of electoral systems found: parliamentary and presidential (or semipresidential). The last section discusses the problem of compiling electoral statistics.

Keywords:   Africa, elections, electoral systems, history, parliamentary electoral systems, presidential electoral systems, semipresidential electoral systems

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