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Title:The Ghana 2000 Elections: Voter Choice and Electoral Decisions
Author:Anebo, Felix K.G.
Year:2001
Periodical:African Journal of Political Science (ISSN 1027-0353)
Volume:6
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:69-88
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:elections
2000
National Democratic Congress
Politics and Government
politics
political parties
political stability
voting
democratization
Link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=368
Abstract:The 2000 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana deserve notice, not because of their political significance but because of the theoretical weight they carry. The shift in electoral fortunes between the two main political parties in the country provides a unique leverage for assessing theories of voting behaviour. This article examines in detail the electoral performance of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party in the 2000 elections, treating the elections as an opportunity for voters to endorse or repudiate the incumbent (NDC) regime's record in particular. Contrary to earlier assertions that Ghanaians do not pay so much attention to regime performance and achievements as they reach their political decisions, the article shows empirically that Ghanaians are quite capable of choosing between parties and candidates in an election. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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