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Why Electoral Reforms are Urgently Needed in Ghana

Why Electoral Reforms are Urgently Needed in Ghana In this article, I examine the breathtakingly wide scope of executive power and the low threshold for electoral victory in Ghana's constitution. I demonstrate how the ‘first past the post’ electoral formula colludes with the ‘winner takes all’ government configuration to saddle Ghana with a corruption-fuelled governance crisis that could escalate over time to be an existential threat to the longest-lasting democratic period Ghana has ever known. I assert that electoral reform to provide for consociational government is the only feasible way to simultaneously lessen the starkness of electoral loss and create some public accountability loops, the absence of which have made corruption both easy and unpunishable. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Why Electoral Reforms are Urgently Needed in Ghana

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
Copyright © American Meteorological Society
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2021.0359
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Abstract

In this article, I examine the breathtakingly wide scope of executive power and the low threshold for electoral victory in Ghana's constitution. I demonstrate how the ‘first past the post’ electoral formula colludes with the ‘winner takes all’ government configuration to saddle Ghana with a corruption-fuelled governance crisis that could escalate over time to be an existential threat to the longest-lasting democratic period Ghana has ever known. I assert that electoral reform to provide for consociational government is the only feasible way to simultaneously lessen the starkness of electoral loss and create some public accountability loops, the absence of which have made corruption both easy and unpunishable.

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: May 1, 2021

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