Evans Aggrey-Darkoh is a Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana. His current research includes political transitions in Ghana.

Special Issue: Ghana's 2012 Elections | October 10, 2013

The Consolidation of Democracy in Ghana: The 2012 General Elections in Perspective

This essay examines the connection between elections and democracy, drawing on the case of Ghana. It evaluates the role played by civil society and the Ghanaian Electoral Commission (EC) before and during the election and analyzes the impact of the death of President Atta Mills on the electoral fortunes of his National Democratic Congress (NDC). The decision of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to go to court to contest the outcome of the elections is also examined.

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Ghanaians wait in line to vote at a polling station near Bolgatanga, Ghana.