This book examines elections in eight African states: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Zaire. It illustrates the varied meanings and implications of elections in independent Africa and discusses the role and impact of elections.
1. Introduction 2. Perspectives on Twenty-Five Years of Elections in Sierra Leone 3. The Anomalies of Continuity: Perspectives on Ghanaian Elections Since Independence 4. Elections and Democracy in Nigeria 5. Elections in Botswana: Institutionalization of a New System of Legitimacy 6. Single-Party Competitive Elections in Tanzania 7. Elections in Zaire: The Shadows of Democracy 8. The Electoral Process and Peasant-State Relations in Kenya 9. Persistence and Change in Senegalese Electoral Processes 10. Conclusions