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Critical Perspectives No. 4 [Elections in Emerging Democracies: Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria ]
Critical Perspectives No. 4 [Elections in Emerging Democracies: Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria ]
01 August, 2000

Critical Perspectives No. 4 [Elections in Emerging Democracies: Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria ]

Elections in Emerging Democracies: Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria

By Baffour Agyeman-Duah

Drawing from his extensive experience as a member of poll observer missions for several important African elections and field research in Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria, Dr. Agyeman-Duah undertakes an incisive analysis of the challenge of electoral efficacy in post-cold war Africa.He contends that the background of autocracy, weak democratic institutions and entrenched patronage almost guarantees that electoral politics in Africa will suffer serious deficits in the short to medium terms. This contention is systematically validated in three concise case studies: Ghana (1992, 1996), Liberia (1997) and Nigeria (1993, 1998/99).The case studies reveal formidable obstacles in the way of electoral credibility in Africa, such as lack of public trust and confidence in the electoral process and election authorities, as well as weak election administration. But they also leave clues about how electoral credibility can be improved: independent electoral bodies, level playing field for political parties, constructive dialogue between parties and electoral bodies, positive role by civil society and, above all, commitment of incumbent leaders to democratic development.

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