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The Successful Ghana Election of 2008 – a Convenient Myth? Ethnicity in Ghana’s Elections Revisited

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  • Heinz Jockers

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  • Dirk Kohnert

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    (GIGA Institute of African Affairs)

  • Paul Nugent

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    (Centre of African Studies at the University of Edingburgh)

Abstract

Ghana’s 2008 elections have been hailed by national and international observers as a model for Africa. This perception has prevailed despite persistent concerns about “ethnic block voting” and electoral fraud. Electoral malpractice and vote rigging along ethnic lines in Ghana’s virtual two-party system could regain decisive importance as a “third force” that could tip the balance in future, possibly coming to represent 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 irregularities in what appears to be a long history of fraudulent “ethnic block voting”, amounts to a dangerous time bomb of unresolved conflict which could explode in future elections.

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Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 109.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:109

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Keywords: elections; ethnicity; election observation; informal institutions; impunity; Ghana;

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  1. Sebastian Elischer, 2008. "Do African parties contribute to democracy? Some findings from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria," Africa Spectrum, Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 43(2), pages 175-201.
  2. Gordon Crawford, 2008. "Decentralization and the Limits to Poverty Reduction: Findings from Ghana," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(2), pages 235-258.
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