'Make sure they count nicely this time': The politics of elections and election observing in Zimbabwe

Sara Rich Dorman*

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This article examines the controversy surrounding Zimbabwe's elections in 2000 and 2002. It situates these elections against Zimbabwe's experiences of elections since 1980. It argues that the conditions for this controversy emerged from the institutions and practices that developed in Zimbabwe from the time of independence. At the same time, election observers - influenced both by criticism of earlier observation missions in Africa and international policy concerns - were positioned to make an example of the Zimbabwe elections. The Zimbabwe elections became an international crisis point not simply because of observer reports or electoral fraud, but because of the interactions between Zimbabwe's domestic politics and external relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-177
Number of pages23
JournalCommonwealth and Comparative Politics
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2005

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