This proposal calls for the UN Security Council (especially the five permanent) members and the UN Secretary-General to approve a permanent seat for South Africa on the Council. This proposal would have two main beneficial effects: 1) the Council’s composition of permanent members would be a better representation of the world than it currently is; 2) upon achieving majority rule, South Africa voluntarily gave up its aspirations for a nuclear weapons program; South Africa will be the only permanent member on the Council without a nuclear weapon.
Currently, many UN member-states – including South Africa – feel underrepresented and voiceless within the Organization (Annan, 2012). Fundamentally, most of the decisions and actions of the Security Council lack popular legitimacy because a majority of UN member-states see the Council as representative of the rich, industrialized north (Venter, 2004). Approving a…Continue
What then does it take to have a free,
fair and credible Election?
In many countries nowadays, the will of the people is expressed through the ballot box. Elections are organized in several countries around the world each year and different approaches or frameworks are adopted for its conduct. Elections take place at different levels; local, national, regional and even at the international level, too. Regardless, the electoral process entails much more than just voting. Actually, other stages in the electoral process include, inter alia, periodicity and time-frame, registration of candidates and/or parties, registration of voters/electorates, campaigning, vote casting, declaration of results, and installation of the winner(s). It is very possible for electoral fraud to take place at any of these stages. Varying reactions of electorates have been recorded before,…Continue