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‘A valid electoral exercise’?: Uganda’s 1980 elections and the observers’ dilemma’

Abstract:

The presence at Uganda's 1980 general elections of a Commonwealth Observer Group might be seen as a seminal moment. This was the first formal international observation of polls in a sovereign African state and the precursor of multiple similar missions that later became routine. Yet the 1980 mission sits uneasily in the history of election observation. The observers endorsed the results despite evidence of malpractice, and Uganda plunged into civil war within months. Internationally, the miss...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S001041751600058X

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Oxford, SSD, Politics & Int Relations, African Studies
Willis, J. More by this author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Comparative Studies in Society and History Journal website
Volume:
59
Issue:
1
Pages:
211-238
Publication date:
2017-01-25
Acceptance date:
2016-10-01
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EISSN:
1475-2999
ISSN:
0010-4175
Pubs id:
pubs:652891
URN:
uri:f1a49311-5e73-455e-93f1-e413960e7893
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uuid:f1a49311-5e73-455e-93f1-e413960e7893
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pubs:652891

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