Lusaka, Zambia, 28-29 November 2007
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), EISA and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) co-hosted a regional conference focusing on electoral quality in Southern Africa in Lusaka, Zambia. The quality of an election constitutes one of the determinants for deepening democratic governance. The conference aimed to contribute towards deepening representative democratic governance in the region and will be followed by a series of in-country consultative meetings and activities in selected SADC countries with the aim of undertaking lobby and advocacy for reforms.
The main goal of the conference was to share ideas, draw lessons of experience and make policy recommendations. The specific objectives were to:
EISA was represented by Executive Director Denis Kadima, who presented a paper on best practices in election management in the SADC region; Khabele Matlosa and Bertha Chiroro, who facilitated plenary and break-away sessions during the conference.