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Local Media Observation of Mozambique's Elections

Hanlon, Joseph and Nvunga, Adriano (2018). Local Media Observation of Mozambique's Elections. Journal of African Elections, 17(1) pp. 72–92.

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Local journalists working together in Mozambique have overcome many of the limitations of international and domestic election observation. In a system developed during three pairs of municipal and national elections (2003-4, 2008-9, 2013-4), journalists from community radio and other local media reported to a national daily newsletter on registration, campaigning, voting and counting while continuing to work for their own organizations. Reports of local violence and misconduct were published nationally, usually bring rapid responses. Evidence from local journalists, together with continued media pressure, forced elections to be re-run. This led to changes in the electoral law which reduced misconduct. Three aspects proved central: accuracy, local knowledge, and central editorial control. Daily publication meant that reports had more immediacy that those of other elections observers. As a result, collaboration by local journalists ensure the accountability of political parties and the electoral system.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA)
Keywords: Mozambique; elections; observation; monitoring; fraud; media; newsletter
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 68626
Depositing User: Joseph Hanlon
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 14:02
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2019 14:17
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