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  • Expressing concern about the ethical ramifications of research into electronic voting, this paper attempts both to identify and describe ethical choices facing security analysis of e-voting systems. Driven by a desire to anticipate and address such issues before they become entrenched, the study provides a useful and succinct extrapolation of the ethical challenges facing electronic voting...

  • Addressing the substantial increase of women within national legislatures around the world, this article attempts to draw attention to the little known contribution played by sub-Saharan African countries toward this trend.  It is argued that the introduction of electoral gender quotas has allowed sub-Saharan Africa to make great strides in bringing more women into parliaments.  By...

  • In maintaining that elections are a crucial distinguisher of a country’s transition to open, legitimate government, this article reviews three recent books which deal with transitions to democracy and electoral mechanics. After delineating the three differing perspectives on electoral reform proffered by the authors, the study draws together several overarching lessons that can be...

  • After holding the first of three voting stages to elect a new parliament in 2011, the Electoral System in Egypt is currently a salient topic of debate. This paper attempts to address the issue head on by casting a critical eye over current electoral practices in the country. Although there are problems with the nascent electoral system implemented by the SCAF, it is argued that a mixed List PR...

  • Using the German federal election of 2009 as context, this fascinating study examines whether activity on Twitter can be used to reliably predict electoral outcomes in the real world.  By examining how people use microblogging to exchange information and then querying whether Twitter accurately mirrors offline political sentiment, this study affirms that Twitter can be considered a valid...

  • This paper draws on international relations theories in order to analyse Zimbabwe’s transformation into authoritarian politics following the 2008 run-off presidential elections. In highlighting how the electoral process was ‘subverted’ by Robert Mugage in 2008, the article provides a compelling account of the problem of holding elections without the necessary checks and...

  • Utilising a series of Afro-barometer surveys conducted in Lesotho between 2003 and 2008, this study asks whether electoral gender quotas impact citizens’ attitudes and behaviour toward female politicians. By relying on these surveys and employing quantitative sampling techniques, the article provides an in-depth investigation into the introduction of electoral gender quotas in Lesotho in...