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Ghana Highlife

Congratulations to the people of Ghana who today celebrate the inauguration of their new President Professor John Atta-Mills. Unlike their neighboruing colossus, Nigeria, the Ghanaians were able to carry out their elections without any violence and other squalid activities.

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This time last year violence erupted after the Kenyan elections in December 2007 and Zimbabweans are still being strangled by Mugabe. I don’t profess to have any real knowledge of Ghanaian politics [for more on the elections see here and here] and as Ethan Zuckerman writes, all was not perfect in the Ghana during the elections.

It would be wrong to characterize Ghana as calm during this period – people tell me that the situation is quite tense. I’ve been getting texts and phone calls from friends in Accra telling me that the problems are largely “big men saying stupid things” – i.e., politicians on both sides making accusations of voter fraud. (NPP believes there was fraud in the Volta region, the traditional stronghold of the NDC; NDC argues that there was fraud in the Ashanti region, the stronghold of the NPP.)

Nonetheless, Ghana has held a “free, fair and transparent election in which an opposition candidate defeated a candidate of the ruling party” and for this we should all celebrate and hopefully people from elsewhere on the continent will take notice of what is possible.

4 Comments

  1. Great news that an opposition candidate defeated a candidate of the ruling party but President Professor John Atta-Mills? Why Professor? What is wrong with just President John Atta-Mills? Will he continue treaching?

    I am sorry that I do not share a lot of people’s optimistic outlook to elections from Africa. Our people are not free to think about choice let alone make it, these elections are won before the polls open and that is not so bad. My concern is simply the idea that any one person can change the rot that took over 40 years to take hold is erroneous.

    Most African do not even care about who the all powerful chief executive is. The state of being completely subject to someone more powerful is still widespread in Africa today, the people have been conditioned to servitude and as such hail the next person that brings the “cola”. We care about measurable results like peace education, health and food on the table in any order

    Beautys last blog post..My Aunt Bimpe has passed on

  2. I go away for a while and the place has changed when I come back! It’s looking good. Happy 2009.

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    Sokari

    Rethabile @ Thanks. There are still things that need to be worked on and this theme may not accommodate everything I wanted so I will see how it goes.

    You are missed – Happy 2009 to you too 🙂

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    Sokari

    Beauty@ I am not that optimistic either but I think we should celebrate when things do go right such as in the case of Ghana!