Adapting to electoral system change: voters in Lesotho, 2002

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dc.description.abstract On 25 May 2002 voters in the small southern African kingdom of Lesotho went to the polls ion the third general election since the country returned to democracy after a long period of civilian dictatorship (1970-1986) and military rule (198601993). Although voting in all Lesotho's general elections has usually gone smooth, en every case prior to 2002 the results have been challenged, with varying degrees of severity, by the losing parties. The purpose of this short paper is to address the question about voters' understanding and to demonstrate their ability to adapt to electoral system change. This, we suggest, throws doubt on any argument that electoral reforms in Africa should be avoided on grounds of the alleged lack of sophistication of poor and largely uneducated voters. Ordinary people appear to have no huge difficulty understanding the broad principles of electoral democracy, even if the detailed mechanics of "mixed" voting systems may be beyond them. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject LESOTHO en
dc.subject ELECTIONS en
dc.subject ELECTORAL SYSTEM en
dc.title Adapting to electoral system change: voters in Lesotho, 2002 en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 2 (2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2003/04 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of African Elections en
dc.ArchiveNumber 2534 en
dc.PageNumber 86-96 en
dc.outputnumber 1020 en
dc.bibliographictitle Fox, R. & Southall, R. (2003) Adapting to electoral system change: voters in Lesotho, 2002. Journal of African Elections. 2 (2):86-96. en
dc.publicationyear 2003 en
dc.contributor.author1 Fox, R. en
dc.contributor.author2 Southall, R. en

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