Strengthening Ghana's Electoral System : A Precondition for Stability and Development

Inextricably interwoven with elections, is the democratization process. Political party engagement stems from the aggregation of political ideas through political parties so that a meaningful political competition can take place. Hence, to rig an election is to unlawfully appropriate the will of the people. A study of conflict in African States reveals two main causative factors : ethnicity and elections. The regional elections in West Nigeria in 1964 for example, triggered political conflict then, ethnic violence and degenerated in to Biafran war. Despite the various political and ethnic issues underscoring conflict in Liberia, electoral rigging catapulted the nation into the civil war carnage.