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Vol.15, No.3: WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED IN THE NAME OF POLITICS:ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF GROUP
Vol.15, No.3: WHERE TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED IN THE NAME OF POLITICS:ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF GROUP
15 July, 2015

Following a period marked by unconstitutional changes of government in the immediate post-independence decades, Ghana has emerged as a beacon of democracy in Africa,1 having organized six successful elections and two democratic alternations of power since 1992.2 These successes notwithstanding, Ghanaian elections are still plagued with many issues, which although generally localizedand confined, threaten the consolidatioof Ghana’s democracy and pose a risk of violent escalation.3 One such challege is the occurrence of election-related violence (ERV). Although Ghana has managed to steer clear of extensive, high scale incidences of ERV as has been witnessed in the elections of regional counterparts such as Togo, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kenya and Zimbabwe, one cannot overlook the fact that none of its relatively successful elections, at least since 1992, have been devoid of violence.

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