Ghana Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 7 December 2012

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Ghana Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 7 December 2012

Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 12 March 2013
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-098-2
Pages: 52

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Ghana Presidential and Parliamentary elections, held 7 December 2012. The Group was led by HE Dr Pakalitha Mosisili, MP, former Prime Minister of Lesotho, and comprised thirteen eminent persons in total.

The Group found that the elections were credible and highlighted the role of the Electoral Commission. It offered a series of recommendations to help improve some technical aspects of the process and also the environment in which elections occur.

ContentsExpand or collapse me

Letter of Transmittal

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Terms of reference

Chapter 2 – Political and Historical Background
Independence and the Nkrumah era
Political turbulence from 1966–1980
Return to multi-party democracy
The 1992 and 1996 elections
The 2000 and 2004 elections
The 2008 elections
The 2008 Presidential Run-off
Background to the 2012 elections
Concerns and tensions

Chapter 3 – The Electoral Framework and Election Administration
International and regional commitments and national legal framework
The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC)
Voter eligibility and voter registration
Candidate eligibility and nomination
Complaints, appeals and election petitions
Key Issues
1. Constituency delimitation
2. Voter registration
3. Underage persons on the voter register
4. Women’s participation and representation

Chapter 4 – Election Campaign and Media
The election campaign
Media coverage
Laws and regulations
Print media
International media
Use of social media
Safety of journalists

Chapter 5 – Voting, Counting, and Results
Key procedures for opening and voting
Assessment of opening and voting
Key procedures for counting and results aggregation
Assessment of counting and results aggregation
Overview of the countrywide observation
The results

Chapter 6 – Conclusions and Recommendations

Annex 1 – Biographies of Observer Group Members
Annex 2 – COG Deployment Plan
Annex 3 – Arrival Statement
Annex 4 – Interim Statement