Kwesi Jonah

Research Fellow
Institute for Democratic Governance
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Critical Tasks: 
Voter education
Training
Interviewers: 
Ashley McCants
Country of Reform: 
Ghana
Town/City: 
Accra
Country: 
Ghana
Date of Interview: 
Monday, August 11, 2008
Abstract 
Kwesi Jonah discusses electoral politics and administration in Ghana. He discusses the choice of electoral system in Ghana, and its relevance to the political climate and culture. He discusses more specifically electoral law and the role of the Election Commission of Ghana (EC) and the judiciary in ensuring fair elections in Ghana. He discusses measures to ensure independence of the EC, including budgetary independence, transparency, media relations, diversity and the role of political parties as advisory, but not decision-making, adjuncts to the EC. Jonah further reflects upon the elections administration in Ghana, speaking about voter registration, voter education, voter identification, monitoring, fraud-prevention and dispute resolution. He reflects upon the role of international donors, Ghanaian nongovernmental organizations and the media in the electoral process. Finally, he considers the challenges faced by Ghana, including election violence, rejected ballots due to insufficient voter education, geographic challenges, bureaucratic hurdles, the representation of minorities, voter fraud and the enforcement of electoral laws.
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At the time of the interview, Kwesi Jonah, who holds a doctoral degree, was head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, and was also a research fellow at the Institute for Democratic Governance in Accra, Ghana. He has worked on several other projects related to governance.

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Ghanaian
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Keywords 
codes of conduct
dispute resolution
Donor Relations
electoral management body
election schedules
election security
Election Violence
enfranchising marginalized groups
media relations
monitoring
polling supplies
recruitment
registration audit
rural voter registration
vote counting
voter education
voter fraud
Voter Registration