ANU African Studies Reading Group - The 2016 Zambian Elections and the International Community

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Zambia had been hailed as a model in the southern African region, so hopes were high that the 2016 presidential election was going to be undertaken in the true spirit of democracy – but that was not to be. This presentation analyses the role of the international community before, during and after the elections, and an attempt is made to explain why observer mission “referees” handed out the equivalent of “yellow” and even “green” cards, in stark contrast to the international commentators who produced "red cards". It was as if they had officiated at different games.

All welcome, light refreshments provided.