Critical Perspectives No. 8 [Determining the Contestants: Candidate Selection in Ghana's 2000 Electi
01 January, 2002
Critical Perspectives No. 8 [Determining the Contestants: Candidate Selection in Ghana's 2000 Elections ]
Determining the Contestants: Candidate Selection in Ghana's 2000 Elections
By Magnus Öhman (No. 8)
Magnus Öhman identifies candidate selection as one of the central functions of political parties in a democracy. It is a crucial aspect of the process by which voters come to choose their representatives from among competing political parties. More important, it is also a key barometer of the organizational capacity and levels of internal democracy in the respective political parties. In this paper, Mr. Öhman breaks new ground in research on African democratization by focusing on the selection process of parliamentary candidates within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2000 elections. He compares and contrasts NPP and NDC candidate selection procedures and analyzes the rationale as well as the impact of the two procedures on the fortunes of the two parties in that epochal election.