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The Structure and Performance of African Electoral Commissions 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics
Jørgen ElklitJørgen Elklit

Electoral management bodies (EMBs) is the generic term for all national electoral authorities—normally established in a country’s constitution—responsible for the entire conduct of a country’s elections and referendums. They come in different forms and shapes, and it has, therefore, become commonplace to use the term “electoral management bodies” to cover all variations of election-conducting agencies. A dominant form of EMBs is the formally independent electoral commission found in many African countries; consequently, the term electoral commission will only be used here to cover this specific form of EMB.... ...

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