July 7, 2010, 11:30 a.m.
Election-related conflict can shake an otherwise stable nation and derail development efforts. With rising tensions in parts of Africa, the African Union Panel of the Wise released this report on preempting and solving political conflict and increasing security efforts. From the report:
"Electoral conflicts and political violence signal “weaknesses in the governance of elections, the rules of orderly political competition and lack of impartial judiciaries to interpret and adjudicate electoral disputes.” In this regard, the report recommends that mechanisms to prevent election-related disputes and conflicts need to be aligned with the electoral cycle in a way that is long-term in approach."