Past event

Research Event

Ghana’s 2016 Election: Processes and Priorities of the Electoral Commission

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Event documents

Transcript
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Participants

Charlotte Osei, Chairperson, Electoral Commission of Ghana
Chair: Max Caller CBE, Commissioner, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Overview

In December 2016, Ghana will test reforms designed to streamline its electoral processes and strengthen the mandate of the country’s electoral commission with a general election. The results of the last election in 2012 were challenged at the Supreme Court, increasing scrutiny of the role of the Electoral Commission of Ghana which has since sought to improve its transparency and efficacy.

Ghana has long been lauded for its stability and potential, but recent economic difficulties have been exacerbated by falling commodity prices and met with a controversial $1 billion Extended Credit Facility arrangement from the International Monetary Fund. As Ghana’s population is impacted by power shortages and rising prices, elections are likely to be very closely-run.

At this event, Charlotte Osei will reflect on the significance and process of electoral reforms, and discuss the Electoral Commission of Ghana's ambitions, challenges and approach ahead of the December polls.