Ensuring a Credible Voter’s Register in 2016 and Beyond
19 October, 2015
On August 18, 2015, the largest opposition party in Ghana,the New Patriotic Party (NPP), held a press conference inAccra to claim that the current voter register was flawed. Atthe same event, the NPP also demanded a completereplacement of the current ...
Volume 10, No.3, Osafo Maafo Leaked Tape and the Era of Surveillance Society
27 March, 2015
Democracy Watch is wondering if the country is reflecting on the consequences of surveillance technologies, and developing appropriate policies and legislations in response.
Volume 10, No. 2, In The Annals Of Democratic Governance
11 July, 2014
Ghana’s Constitutional Reform Process: “winner-takes-all” is written all over it
Vol 10, No 1. In the Annals of Democratic Governance
06 April, 2012
The Center’s official newsletter tracking Ghanaian democratization and highlighting areas of progress, stagnation and retrogression.
Volume 9 Nos. 3 & 4 In The Annals Of Democratic Governance
13 January, 2012
The expected release of the final report of the 2010 National Population and Housing Census by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the build up to the 2012 polls have triggered widespread speculation about a possible increase in the number ...
Volume 9, No. 2, In The Annals Of Democratic Governance
01 June, 2011
The presidency of John Evans AttaMills has run for nearly two and halfyears of the first term. It has been aneventful thirty months. There have beenpositive developments in some areasof governance, but progress hasfaltered in others, while governancedeficits inherited from ...
Volume 9, No. 1 In The Annals Of Democratic Governance
01 December, 2010
Ghana has made impressive stridesin expanding press freedom andfreedom of expression generallysince the transition to constitutionaldemocracy in 1993. Notable amongthe developments in this area are thestate’s relinquishment of its decades-oldmonopoly over the broadcastmedia in the 1990s and the 2001 repeal of ...
Volume 8, No. 4, In The Annals Of Democratic Transitions
01 June, 2010
The first year of the MillsAdministration is at an end. Asexpected, it has been an eventfulfirst year: from the yet-againoutrageous ex-gratia payments toholders of political office, to thedrama surrounding the impoundingof cars and other public assets fromofficials of the departing ...
Volume 8, No. 2, In The Annals Of Ghanaian Elections
04 May, 2009
Ghana experienced its secondpeaceful transition of power fromincumbent party to opposition partyon January 7, 2009, when PresidentJohn Kufuor of the New PatrioticParty (NPP) handed over thepresidency to John Atta Mills of theNational Democratic Congress(NDC). A new NDC-led parliamentwas also installed ...
Volume 8, No. 1, In The Annals Of Democratic Governance
04 August, 2008
News that commercially significantquantities of oil have been discoveredin the sea beds off the west coast of Ghana has raised high hopes andexpectation thatGhana's long deferreddreamof "accelerated development"might soon become a reality.
Volume 7, No. 3, In The Annals Of Governance
17 July, 2007
Ghana is facing a severe energy crisismanifested for some time now innationwide rationing of electricitysupply and weekly ?no-power?periods. In a pluralistic democracy, itis natural to expect crisis of this natureto generate public concern as well ascritical questions and a search ...
Volume 7, No. 2, In The Annals Of Governance
05 June, 2006
On June 28, 2006, a rank-and-filesupporter of the New Patriotic Partypopularly known as ?AppiahStadium,? who has earned notorietyas a ?serial radio caller,? revealed in aradio conversation that theGovernment had sponsored about150 Ghanaian individuals to travel toGermany to watch the World ...
Volume 7, No. 1,In The Annals Of Governance
06 March, 2006
Ghana International Airlines (GIA),the start-up airline that was organizedto replace the bankrupt nationalcarrier, is already embroiled in acorporate governance crisisreportedly involving the Governmentand GIA?s other equity investors andmanagers. On April 7, 2006, theAccra office of GIA was the scene ofhigh ...
Volume 6, Nos. 3&4,In The Annals Of Governance
05 September, 2005
President Kufuor has famouslydeclared ?good governance? as oneof the key themes and goals of hisadministration. Beginning in its firstterm, the Kufuor-NPP administrationhas taken a number of very wellreceivedinitiatives to enhance goodgovernance, notable among them, the2001 statutory repeal of the criminal libel, ...
Volume 6, No. 2 , In The Annals Of Decentralized Governance
01 June, 2005
Ghana has made significant progressin the area of decentralization since thelate 1980s, when Governmentreformed the structure of localgovernment with the enactment of theLocal Government Law, 1988(PNDC Law 207). The broadfeatures of the resulting localgovernment system have since beeninstitutionalized in chapter ...
Volume 5, No. 4, In The Annals Of Democracy
13 December, 2004
The December 2004 polls markeda key milestone in Ghana?sdemocratic process. It passedpeacefully and smoothly for the mostpart. The outcome of the polls, whichhas been broadly accepted by thepublic, holds great prospect forGhanaian democratization. With just a little over half (52 ...
Volume 5, No. 2&3 , In The Annals Of Governance
01 September, 2004
In May of this year, sections of themedia began to report that theGovernment of Ghana was negotiatinga US$300 million facility from anoffshore entity that the reportsidentified simply as CNT or CNTI.Public interest in the story grew whenthe media started to ...
Volume 4, No.1 NRC: Matters Arising
03 March, 2003
Th e Na t i o n a l R e c o n c i l i a t i o nCommission commenced public hearings on Tuesday, January 14,2003 at Old Parliament House inAccra. The opening ceremony wash o ...
Volume 3, No. 4, In The Annals Of Governance
09 December, 2002
Last December the depth of popularand elite commitment to freeexpression was put to the test whenthe Statesman (Tuesday, December3, 2002), in a cartoon accompanyinga story with the headline ?Why Millsis a Poodle,? showed the face offormer Vice-President John EvansAtta Mills ...
Volume 2, No.4, One Year of The Kufour Administration
19 December, 2001
Volume 1, No. 4, Towards Election 2000
04 December, 2000
Election 2000 represents a crucialaspect of Ghana?s prolonged transitionto multi-party democratic rule whichbegan in 1992 and ushered in the FourthRepublic on January 3, 1993. It marksthe final phase of that transition and the beginning of the post-Rawlings era inGhanaian politics. ...
Volume 1, No.3, Notes On The State of Democracy In Ghana
31 August, 2000
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