The Role of Security Forces in the Electoral Process: The Case of the West African Countries

Elections remain a main trigger of violence and insecurity in West Africa, and security forces (police, gendarmerie, military) do play a key role in electoral processes in the region. The study at hands provides insights for those interested in improving electoral management and organizing free and fair elections, about how to securitize electoral processes and structure the involvement of security services.

Moreover, the study is meant to feed into the debate about security sector governance/reform and the roles and responsibilities of security forces in West African democratic systems. Authors – Mathias Hounkpe and Alioune Badara Gueye.

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