Ghana: Election Commentary

Africa Focus

This is from a public policy group that is doing a great service on African issues in the US ( I’ve got a related article, about the importance of Africa’s emerging democracies in the November/December issue of The Crisis, published by the NAACP.
AfricaFocus Bulletin
Dec 19, 2004 (041219)
(Reposted from sources cited below)
Editor’s Note
“What Ghanaians have managed to do with this election is prove that
election management is no rocket science. It requires adequate and
competent preparation, a high degree of transparency, a responsible
government, which respects its own citizens, and an alert citizenry
ready to protect their vote. … the process that I witnessed was
without exaggeration better than what transpired in the last US
election.” – Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Centre for Democracy and
Of five African elections held in the last two months – in Ghana,
Niger, Botswana, Namibia, and Mozambique – none attracted major
international attention. All returned incumbent parties to office,
and none was entirely free of questionable aspects of process or
broader questions concerning concentration of political power. But
they were also a sign of the routinization of elections as a
component of political stability in a large number of African
This AfricaFocus Bulletin contains a commentary on the election in
Ghana from the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD),
published in Pambazuka News for December 16, 2004. It is also
available on the CDD website (, along with
reports on other West African elections.
For reports on elections in Southern Africa, see More detailed reports on the election in
Mozambique are available at
A post-election report from an international observer mission to
the U.S. election (see
for background and excerpts from a pre-election report) is available

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