Ghana's Presidential Transition Bill: A Timely Opportunity for Institutional Reform

"The Presidential Transition Bill provides a framework for managing the political transfer of power from an out-going democratically elected President to an incoming President. This article evaluates key attributes of the proposed legislation. First, it examines the accountability provisions in the Bill which includes a detailed inventory of executive assets. Second, the institutional framework introduced in the draft law to resolve transitional disagreements is assessed. Third, the structured time frame the Bill establishes to guide the transition process is considered. The article also investigates the transition issues that are not addressed by the proposed law. Overall, it is argued that the Presidential Transition Bill remains integral to the enhancement of good governance in Ghana. Urgency in its consideration, however, is paramount if the office is to make a meaningful contribution in the aftermath of the 2012 election – whether or not regime change occurs."