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Coup leaders must seize and hold central authority for at least one week to be considered a “successful” coup d’etat. The names of coup “leaders” listed are those named in reports, accusations, and/or subsequent trials. The date of the coup event is the beginning date for successful or attempted coups and the date of announcement for discovered coup plots and coup allegations.

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The voting season is here once again. Between 2010 and 2012, voters in 10 out of the 11 Great Horn of East Africa (GHEA) countries will go to the polls. The only place where the election train will not stop is Eritrea where elections have been postponed indefinitely since 2001.

Who is riding the election train? Will it arrive at a place of increased citizen engagement in the development process? Will it lead to political and economic maturity? Or will the region end up with heightened conflict and polarized polities?

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Civil unrest in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 elections prompted the government of Kenya to completely overhaul its system of managing elections. The IIEC was formed to replace the previous Electoral Commission of Kenya and charged with the mission to institutionalize sustainable electoral processes that would guarantee fair elections.

The mandate of the IIEC covered all aspects of implementing elections including reform of the electoral process; conducting a fresh registration of all Kenyan voters to create a completely new voter register; developing a modern system for collection, collation, transmission and tallying of electoral data and promoting voter education.

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The paper problematises the issues of democracy and good governance in Africa and analyses their future prospects especially in the 21st century. Liberal democracy and good governance, beside market reforms are the new puzzle words on the global agenda. Indeed, the three issues appear to be organically linked in the present context, with the hegemony of the liberal capitalist ideology in the international arena.

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E-voting handbook
E-voting refers to an election or referendum that involves the use of electronic means in at least the casting of the vote. The introduction of e-voting raises some of the same challenges as are faced when applying electronics to any other subject, for example e-government. Politicians or administrators may perhaps expect that a paper version of a certain service or process can simply be taken and put on the Internet. Unfortunately, the reality is more complex, and nowhere more so than with e-voting. Click here for full article
DaMina Advisors Frontier Markets Elections Forecast: GHANA 2012 general elections
Ghana’s December general elections are on course to yield a dramatic surprise outcome. DaMina’s frontier markets elections statistical model and our on-the-ground surveys predicts an outright first round opposition center-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) win, and a return to opposition of the now ruling center-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) after only four years in power. The NPP are also posed to re-capture a majority of the seats in Ghana’s new 275 seat parliament. Click here for full report
What Our Politicians Can Learn From Thatcher: The Politics Of Conviction Not Indecision
On Saturday, I was driving through the University of Legon campus, in a four-wheel drive, when one of a small group of young men (about 8 in all) at a junction, shouted “Ghana money!” at me. I patiently got to a safer part of the road, turned the vehicle around and drove back to the students to have a small not-so-friendly chat. I told them how disappointed I was in their exhibition of envy as they prepare themselves for a competitive adult world. I told them that I was also once a student and worked hard to get to where I am today and continue to work hard to get better. I would hate for them to go through all that to be envied for trying to be successful through hard work. I advised them, in not so many words, not to equate success to corruption when they have no basis and to rather celebrate success, be inspired by it and aspire to it.
Responses To The 2013 Budget Statement
This budget statement came at a time when Ghanaians are in darkness, when water shortages are widespread, where unemployment is rife, and where general cost of living is rising. The budget statement should have addressed these challenges head on, but it didn’t. Ghana’s total debt is up from GHC9.5 billion in January 2009 to GHC33.5 billion now. Additionally, the NDC government has crude oil proceeds which its predecessor governments did not have. Additionally again, the NDC government has been getting windfall benefit from the exports of gold, cocoa and crude oil because of the near-record high levels. But what do we have to show for it all?
AFRICA MONEY-Ghana's weak currency costs country dear in election year
To hike or not to hike? That is the question facing shop-owner Baldwin Goku as he weighs the prices of the Chinese electrical goods in his shop in Accra's Okaishie market. His problem is that Ghana's cedi currency has weakened during an oil-fuelled boom which is sucking in capital and consumer imports and driving up demand for dollars to pay for them. If he hikes his prices to match rising costs he loses customers. If he holds prices to keep customers he makes a loss.
Parties doubt EC’s ability to implement reforms
Political parties in the country have cast doubt on the Electoral Commission’s ability to implement reforms following the challenges which confronted the 2012 polls. The Commission has come under criticisms by some political for its inability to deal effectively with some of the problems that bedevilled the elections, that some argue, could have been avoided.
NDP joins Let My Vote Count Alliance
The Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings’s led National Democratic Party (NDP) has joined pressure group the Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA).The LMVCA, a pressure group is made up of members of some major opposition parties in Ghana who have embarked on a nationwide campaign to rally support for Nana Akuffo Addo and Co in court.
Press Release: Bank of Ghana’s response to allegations of illegal money transfers into Ghana
The attention of the Bank of Ghana has been drawn to reports in the media about illegal money transfer activities. The Daily Graphic of August 11, 2011 carries a story to the effect that the Bank of Ghana, the regulatory authority, did not appear to be attaching the requisite relevance and urgency to the growing threat of unregistered foreign exchange transactions to the nation’s balance of payments and finances. Another story in the Daily Guide, also of August 11, 2011 under the caption ‘Money Laundering booms’ reached a similar conclusion with advice to the Bank of Ghana to proactively promote the operations of formal transfer methods and act against illegal methods as well as consider allowing MTOs to transmit money out of Ghana as a solution to the growing menace.
The Danquah Institute is organsing a symposium at the University of Ghana on Thursday, 17 September. The theme of the symposium is: Has Ghana a Founder or Founders? The symposium is part of DI's mission to enhance today's generation of Ghanaians' appreciation of the country's history as an essential part of efforts towards nation-building. The symposium is being organised in conjunction with the national secretariat of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG). It will take place at 4pm at the conference hall of the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra and feature speakers and historians from different ideological traditions.
Results from the AFROBAROMETER Round 5 Survey in Ghana
The Afrobarometer (AB) is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues. The AB is an independent, non-partisan, African-based network of researchers. The first round of surveys took place in 1999-2001 in 12 countries. The Network is now conducting “Round 5” surveys in up to 35 countries during 2011-2012. Click here for full report