Democracy, Elections, Election Monitoring and Peace-Building in West Africa
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This essay explores the linkages between elections, democracy and peace-building in West Africa. It engages in a radical critique of neo-liberal democracy and its ramifications for peace and development. This provides the context for explaining some of the limitations of multi-party democracy, elections and election monitoring in Africa. Drawing on illustrations from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana, the nature of democracy in West Africa is explored, and some suggestions are then made towards strengthening the democracy–peace linkage in the region.
Democracy, Elections, Peace-building