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The successful Ghana election of 2008: a convenient myth?

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Jockers, Heinz; Kohnert, Dirk; Nugent, Paul

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Abstract Ghana's 2008 election has been hailed by national and international observers as a model for Africa. The perception of success has prevailed despite persistent concerns about an inflated voters' register and electoral fraud perpetrated by the two major parties, the NPP and NDC, in their strongholds in the Ashanti and Volta Regions respectively. Electoral malpractice in Ghana's virtual two-party system could acquire a decisive importance as a ‘third force’, representing an even more important factor than the smaller opposition parties. Unfortunate diplomatic and technocratic biases in election monitoring, combined with a reluctance on the part of the responsible authorities to investigate what appears to be a long history of fraudulent voting, amounts to a dangerous time bomb of unresolved conflict which could detonate in future elections.
Keywords Ghana; election; election result; party; ethnic relations; ethnic group; ethnic conflict; ethnicity; party system; developing country; West Africa
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Wahlfälschungen/ Wahlbetrug; New Patriotic Party (Ghana); National Democratic Congress (Ghana); Wahlbeobachtung; Ashanti; Volta
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 95-115
Journal The Journal of Modern African Studies, 48 (2010) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X09990231
ISSN 1469-7777
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.