Tag: Media and elections


Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reiterates the crucial role played by the media during elections in keeping the public informed, providing voters with relevant information and ensuring transparent and fair elections. In outlining this role, MISA joins regional and international organisations in strongly condemning the brutal and crippling actions being taken by the Ugandan authorities against the media in the run-up to this...

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MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

“Access to information and transparency … that’s the link between media freedom, democracy and elections”, MISA Regional Director Zoe Titus proposed to a meeting of civil society representatives from southern Africa. Titus was addressing delegates to the 11th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (CSF) convened by the Regional Apex Alliance, i.e. Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council...

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Statement on the official launch of the SADC civil society election observation mission to the 2015 National Assembly Election Kingdom of Lesotho

ON 28 FEBRUARY 2015, THE PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM OF LESOTHO WILL BE CONDUCTING NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS, TO EXPRESS THEIR DEMOCRATIC WILL FOR A STABLE, PEACEFUL, SECURED AND PROSPEROUS COUNTRY. CONSEQUENTLY, IT IS IN SOLIDARITY WITH BASOTHO THAT THE SADC COUNCIL OF NGOS (SADC-CNGO), SADC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (SADC-LA) AND MEDIA INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (MISA) ARE DEPLOYING A COORDINATED ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO OBSERVE...

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Preliminary joint statement on the National Assembly Elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho on 28 February 2015

The Coordinated Civil Society Regional Observer Mission comprising the SADC Council of NGOs, SADC Lawyers Association (SADC-LA) and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), observed the Lesotho National Assembly Elections, held on Saturday, 28 February 2015. The Mission benefits from specialised expertise that the participating organisations bring in order to enable them to make a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process. The Mission was...

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MISA Zambia reflect on Presidential Election

Zambia successfully conducted its Presidential Election last week following the death of President Michael Sata in October 2014. The Zambian Constitution stipulates that following the death of the President, elections to elect a replacement must be held within 90 days. Apart from the record-low voter turn out (only 32.33%), this election was significant not only in the country’s political development but also in the evaluation...

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Media freedom essential during upcoming 2015 African elections

As Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania go to the polls in 2015, the media have a key role to play in ensuring fair and transparent elections with informed voters. It is well established that freedom of expression and political debate is fundamental to free, fair and genuinely democratic elections. In order to play their role, the media need both access to information and the freedom to...

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Opinion: Zambian elections fail to focus on children’s issues

By Mwiza Zulu Due to the death of the 5th Zambian President, Mr Michael Sata, in October last year, Zambians on 20 January 2014 went to the polls to elect a new President. The period between November 2014 and January 2015 was the campaign period during which aspiring presidential candidates told citizens of the country what they have to offer. It is however sad to...

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