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Title:The successful Ghana election of 2008: a convenient myth?
Authors:Jockers, Heinz
Kohnert, DirkISNI
Nugent, PaulISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Ghana
election monitoring
National Democratic Congress
New Patriotic Party
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40538349
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 (New Patriotic Party) and NDC (National Democratic Congress), 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. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]