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Ghana -- December 2008 Elections in Ghana: Stakes, Challenges & Perspectives [November 27, 2008]

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In ten days Ghanaians would be going to the polls to choose members of parliament and a new President. The campaign euphoria and enthusiasm is heightening as the political and media landscape is rife with slogans, posters and v o t e r e n t i c i n g m e s s a g e s . Notwithstanding, the heated sociopolitical atmosphere has also been characterised by sporadic outbreaks of violence resulting in loss of lives and destruction of property. Given the fact that Ghana's election is so critical not only for the count ry's dr ive towards unperturbed democratic consolidation but also serves as the hope for Africa's democracy that has backpedalled in hitherto progressive countries, the importance of Ghana's election cannot be overstated.

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