Posted on November 16, 2012


In my last post I mentioned attending a wardens’ meeting at the Canadian High Commission. It was called in light of the upcoming December 7th elections here in Ghana.

It was most reassuring. The over-riding feeling projected by staff at the Canadian High Commission was that there would be little or no violence during the election period for the following reasons:

-the biometric registration exercise to register over twelve million voters
-the voter verification exercise of the registration
-the U.N. and the E.U. would not be sending monitors
-Ghana is a benchmark of democracy in this turbulent region
-police have received extensive training in crowd control and curbing election violence
-5000 troops in the Ghanaian Armed Forces have been called up
-there was a peaceful transition at the death of President Mills while in office
-Ghana’s elections have been free and fair since 1992, particularly at the last election when only .4% separated the two presidential candidates.
-civil society in Ghana has been lobbying strongly for peaceful elections.
-the print and electronic media are constantly creating awareness on the benefits to Ghana for a peaceful election

Got any more? Why not comment.

Actually I’ve got another one….but there is a caveat….

At the wardens’ meeting, we were given a synopsis from the international think tank Control Risks, Elections Monitor. It issues an evaluation of world-wide elections every two months. For the months of November and December there are six elections going to take place around the world. In fact on November 11, a presidential election took place in Slovenia . This election was predicted to have “potential for violence”. Here is the synopsis of the six elections:

It is most strange that Slovenia would be in the ELECTIONS WITH POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE COLUMN given the description that followed the two lists above:


So was there violence in Slovenia as a result of their presidential election? No! Not as a result of the election; but days later as part of the loose European coalition, protests did occur against austerity measures as they did in Portugal, Spain and Greece to name three countries.

Now as for Ghana, it is in the “Elections likely to pass off peacefully”….We pray that will be the case…here is the write up for Ghana…

It sure would not have looked good on the Control Risks world map that the three West African countries experiencing elections, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Ghana, were red and the other non-African counties were all green… after all Ghana is a real success story in the eyes of the world!