PAN-AFRICAN ELECTORAL SUMMIT (PAES)

Regular, free and fair, elections are the hallmark of democracy. The transfer of political power through the ballot – not through the barrel of a gun – is what makes democracy to thrive. In 2024 we shall witness over 64 countries worldwide and more than half of the world’s population, i.e., an estimated 3,65 billion voters going to the polls to give mandates to their countries’ preferred political leadership. Although the concept of democracy has its own pitfalls and critiques, conducting elections is considered a key aspect of democracy since it provides a platform for citizens to express their leadership wishes and desires. The frequent elections are intended to usher in a constitutional order that brings about accountability and institutional performance where citizens have a say in the affairs of their governments. CONCEPT NOTE pdf.