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Book project on the right track

Elections play a crucial role in shaping the political governance in Africa. In contrast to recent decades, today’s elections are planned and implemented much more professional. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and its partners are convinced that citizens’ demands for transparent, inclusive and credible elections are worth supporting.

As a direct outcome of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU), a publication on electoral norms and practices in East Africa is now on the way. At the occasion of a workshop on August 25, 2017 publishers, authors and other contributors discussed the proposed outlines intensively. Amongst theĀ authors are Dr. Berhanu Beyene (Assoc. Prof. and Director of AIGAD), Mr. Boniface Bynery (Assoc. Prof., ESCU), Dr. Mohammud Abdulahi (Ass. Prof. and Deputy Director of SDIR), Dr. Worku Negash (Proff.), and Mr. Fisseha Mekonnen (UNDP). Experienced experts like Dr. Negasso Gidada, Dr. Neway Gebreab and Dr. Sebhat Nega offered their valuable feedback.

Three major suggestions were discussed: (a) The need to include a chapter on the role of the younger generations to assure the success of an election and (b) the participation of the mostly scattered Diaspora and its impact on national and local elections. In addition, (c) the often marginalized illiterate parts of the population should be given more attention to include their views in electoral processes.

The workshop was exceedingly helpful for authors as they received important feedback. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is convinced that thanks to the high level and participatory discourse this book project on electoral governance will surely be well enhanced.