n African Renaissance - Presidential transitions in Ghana's politics : lessons from the 2008 elections

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The quest for an enduring democratic transition in Ghana has made it imperative for the development of a constitutional culture that is based on multi-party political contests. Since 1992, Ghana's constitutional culture has been growing steadily with progressive prospects for a durable consolidation of democratic governance.

The mandatory practice of holding regular elections every four years, as stipulated by the 1992 Constitution, is the trump card for preserving and shaping the country's democratic governance but it also, at the same time, offers challenging prospects for political cohesiveness in the country. One major advantage associated with the consolidation of the constitutional process is that it affords the electorates the commanding opportunity to hold political office holders accountable while, at the same time, reducing potential dictatorial tendencies and bad governance practices that often characterize the political administration of many African leaders. More credence is increasingly being attached to the emerging constitutional culture in Ghana as responsible leadership is demanded of the politician who hitherto could afford to denigrate the values of accountability and due diligence in the discharge of public responsibilities. Much as the country strives to demand high performance standards from political institutions and leaders through the process of electoral accountability, there has been less of an intellectual desire to link this facet of concerns with considerations of inter-party and intra-party political transitions and how these forms of political transitions affect electoral outcomes and transitional culture in the country.
This paper is an opinion piece that seeks to throw insight into the emerging presidential transitional culture in Ghana's political development. The paper argues that there cannot be a better democracy and good governance in Ghana if intra-party and inter-party political transitions are not properly managed.

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