A Review of the Electoral Process under Ghana’s Fourth Republic

African Journal of International and Comparative Law / List of Issues / Volume 28, Issue 3 (2020)

Posted: 15 Feb 2021

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Lydia A. Nkansah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - Faculty of Law

Delali A. Gawu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 10, 2020

Abstract

There have been seven general elections, under Ghana's Fourth Republic, to elect presidents and members of parliament. There are laws regulating the electoral process and election results have generally been accepted and, in a few cases, challenged through the laid-down process. Elections in Ghana are nonetheless reportedly flawed with irregularities tainting the outcome and creating tensions and sometimes pockets of violence. This article examines the electoral process under Ghana's Fourth Republic, namely the adoption of regulations for each electoral cycle, voters’ registration and the voters’ register, nomination of aspirants, voting, counting of votes and declaration of the results. To ensure the integrity of the electoral process, the laws regulating elections should comply with the dictates of the procedural requirements of the rule of law and the Electoral Commission's actions must be consistent with these laws.

Keywords: elections, elections in Ghana, Ghana's electoral process

Suggested Citation

Nkansah, Lydia A. and Gawu, Delali A., A Review of the Electoral Process under Ghana’s Fourth Republic (August 10, 2020). African Journal of International and Comparative Law / List of Issues / Volume 28, Issue 3 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3674246

Lydia A. Nkansah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Kumasi, AK Ashanti Region +233
Ghana

Delali A. Gawu (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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