We are aware that this year we have not spent too much time reporting on various electoral development apart from a few pieces here and there. We think that other forums are providing effective election coverage. So as always, we focus on what you may have missed. A few pieces of analysis that we think may be of interesting to check out on this final weekend :
The Electoral (Code of Conduct) Regulations, 2011. The refreshed code of conduct sets out what is expected.
Social Media to Monitor Elections. The IPS have an interesting piece on Bantu Watch. This is a supremely critical website - http://www.bantuwatch.org/ It will be the main tool for looking at various incidents taking place between now and during the elections e.g. violence, fraud, corruption. There already interesting reports there.
The 2008 presidential elections in Zambia: incumbency, political contestation and failure of political opposition. A useful autopsy by Neo Simuntanyi on the 2008 elections which should spark a few thoughts on what may be different next week.
Zambia Election Briefing 2011: Battle Of The Dinosaurs – By Giacomo Macola And Jack Hoga. Perhaps the best assessment so far on the pending elections. Giacomo Macola is the author of the Kazembe Kingdom and editor of One Zambia, Many Histories.
Zambia's Election : Cobra vs Codger. A piece in the Economist magazine argues that Zambia's policies are unlikely to change.