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Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Ghana: Another Peaceful Alternation of Power

On December 7 2016, Ghana held its seventh national elections since the beginning of the Fourth Republic. [1]   In the run up to the elections two questions stood out prominently. First, will the Electoral Commission (EC) be neutral and fair? Second, will there be violence during and after the elections?  The first question did arise […]

Photo credit to Oluniyi Ajao , Flickr User Oluniyi Ajao. Taken on March 6, 2007 in Accra, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/niyyie/415604244/in/photolist-CJ5Eq-zu8rH6-ecjHSb-fQNbUB-5mpZHQ-koy42-kojP5-fQN93R-5G9dX4-bmaBQt-fQNd5P-2E4KRX-4SSJoy-knpjJ-bESu2L-bESwzW-2D7dBY-fYcGQT-irrTG-5FMQiV-fPZWXK-fSmeW-bCZRJ7-9B9FYp-9kcPbb-fYfzXN-fQhmhW-fPYhhv-bWhaz5-fQpsh8-jpaUA-jpuvA-ggGCTf-ggFWTe-ggGea2-ggGtTu-3NcD5-knpjE-fYg4SK-zvnbAF-rbn1U-fQqLBX-4ahwgC-9jyDuB-6xYKE8-5a7pv2-fYfmhb-fYcrLU-fYfRNW-427tQH
Ghana's 50th Independence Anniversary national parade. (Golden Jubilee)
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Assessing the Performance of the First Female Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission

Ghana’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections were presided over by the country’s first female chair of the Electoral Commission (EC). Mrs Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei, a 45-year-old lawyer who chaired the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) before being  appointed in June 2015 to head the EC. Mrs Osei’s replaced  Dr  Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, who had chaired […]

Photo credit to BBC World Service , Flickr User BBC World Service. Taken on Taken on December 8, 2008. Kyebi, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bbcworldservice/3091867405/in/photolist-5HdCsH-5G9dX4-5GGm3D-5GGm6c-5FAPPV-5GahfN-8ujPsc-5GLCJN-5GkFrx-5GLCPd-5HNjVY-5GGmaT-5Gdvm9-5EgWk2-5GkFwB-5FF6tJ-5FF6sC-dzmuJ6-5GLCLL-5EkZSo-5EgHce-5GLCGL-5GLCQW-dAZpQN-5G5ZYX-5Gwutx-5FF6rw-5Gwuxz-5HhVPU-5HdCBP-5G5ZYz-5HhVR9-5Hg7Av-5FF6uL-5GAMJ7-5HdCwR-bCsc39-5HJ3ge-dnrQeV-dnrP23-5HhVS9-5GAMLo-5HW7fB-5GkFyg-5FF6y9-5GwusP-5HhVMs-5Gwuwk-5EkZYo-5HNjZY
Ghana's election on BBC
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

‘My Wife, My Sister, My Mother’ : Electing More Women to Parliament in Ghana [1]

In Ghana’s 2016 election six more women were elected to parliament than were elected in 2012; this brought the number of women members of parliament (MPs) to 36, or 13.1 percent of the total – up from 30 women MPs or 10.9 percent of the total in 2012. This is a 20 percent increase over […]

Photo credit to Stefanie Duckstein, Flickr User Deutsche Welle. Taken on ‎September‎ ‎02‎, ‎2014.  Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo. https://www.Photo credit to C.C. Chapman , Flickr User C.C. Chapman. Taken on ‎ April 27, 2012. Koforidua, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cc_chapman/6983178874/in/photolist-gjV6yX-2E4GZF-vMiKpK-2E4NYa-aZtZbR-2E4MWK-2E96aJ-2E4LeB-5pgBsq-bEA9Bv-txvS8g-yyP9ft-5a7pka-5a7rG6-5a7rWi-5a7rzM-ocRXud-5a7sPc-5a7q6K-5a7qwe-5abG6w-5ph2Bo-5abEFY-5abH6f-5abHaL-49WH9-2E4MbF-5a7qY8-2E9atC-2E95d3-bD5jZN-5a7rEt-5abFy7-bD5BML-5abF5L-5pgBsh-5abEeL-2E9cWU-5abGXw-7QWXQg-5abFT1-5pgBsC-5abFqY-2E9ad5-oeJ9y9-5a7rgR-5abF7s-e4vp77-5abF2o-oeB9XB
happy village women
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Ghana’s Media Comes of Age in Elections Coverage

Media coverage of elections have come a long way since the transition elections of 1992. However, despite improvements, challenges still persist. Some commentators note that election coverage often fails to properly interrogate electoral issues, campaign promises and manifestos in a manner that demands accountability or enables the voters to make well-informed choices  at the polls. Also, […]

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Ghana: Training für Bürgerjournalisten in Ghana
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