"Professionalize Election Management across Africa." Dr.Frazer urges African leaders
“Apart from working with local community groups to withstand politicians, the strategy of preventive deployment, which should empower regional bodies like the African Union (AU) to provide support prior to elections becoming violent would be progressive, although that may amount to imperialism,” she said.
Dr. Frazer said strengthening civil society activism and local level monitoring are important for change. She has therefore called on stakeholders in election management across Africa to seek new approaches to ending electoral conflicts by promoting election security.
Dr. Frazer was addressing participants at the 6th “Kronti ne Akwamu” (Democracy and Governance) Lecture of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) yesterday. She said the challenges to democracy in Africa, namely a powerful presidency; threats of dynastic succession, unwillingness of politicians to relinquish power after serving their term, and citizen indifference to abuse of power by politicians require new operational approaches by all Africans.
She urged the United States and other countries to place emphasis on supporting institution-building in Africa rather than legitimizing a political party or candidate, saying “Africa has a right to its own history, and this right must be respected by all.”