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The Successful Ghana Election of 2008: A Convenient Myth? Ethnicity in Ghana's elections revisited

Summary of Article by Heinz Jockers, Dirk Kohnert & Paul Nugent, 2010

Ghana is hailed as a beacon of hope and a model country for Africa especially after the peaceful transfer of power between the major political parties in 2008. Focusing on Volta and Ashanti Regions, the authors warn about ‘ethnic block voting’ and electoral fraud which happens along the lines of the country’s two party-systems. The argue that these electoral malpractices can either gain a decisive importance as a 'third force' that could tip Ghana’s peaceful balance in future, or a dangerous time bomb of unresolved conflict which could explode in future elections.