Pollsters disagree on who will win in a presidential race that has been more about personalities than policy. Ghana’s presidential elections have typically been won by narrow margins, and the upcoming vote looks to be just as close. Credit: Erik Cleves Kristensen. Ghanaians head to the polls tomorrow, on 7 December, to elect a President…Continue reading What’s at stake in Ghana’s too close to call election?
Following the declaration of John Dramani Mahama’s narrow victory, Nelson Oppong takes an in-depth look at elections and beyond in Ghana. He emphasises the need for change in the Electoral Commission’s approach to decision making, assesses the prospects for programmatic platforms and pragmatic politics in the country and asks whether the New Patriotic Party can…Continue reading In-depth: Where Next for Ghana’s Democracy?
Political equality, fairness and broad representation are required if the Ivorian government is to have legitimacy. Corridor of power: President Ouattara (left) has been accused of ‘reconciliation by annihilation’ and pursuing victor’s justice. On December 11, only about 37% of registered voters turned out to vote in the Ivory Coast’s first legislative elections in a decade. The…Continue reading The Ivory Coast: Behind Ouattara’s Triumph in the Legislative Elections
A conference at Oxford University will examine the role Pan-Africanism has to play in the continent’s future. Jomo Kenyatta and Julius Nyrere; pioneers of Pan-Africanism On June 4, 2011, a group of young African scholars will meet at St Antony’s College, Oxford, under the theme “Pan-Africanism for a New Generation”. They will engage with other…Continue reading A Critical Perspective on Pan-Africanism for a New Generation