Ekow Nelson, December 2012

“Perhance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill as that he knows not it tolls for him.” – John Donne, 1624.

 The recent 2012 elections in Ghana finally exposed the minority parties as a politically insignificant fragmented rump, with no chance of forming a government anytime soon. While the NPP and NDC retained their electoral dominance, their hegemony is in the long run detrimental to our democracy: it limits choice to parties with no discernible policy differences and denies much of the electorate a real alternative.

In an expanded constituency map, the CPP lost its only seat in parliament, the PNC held onto one seat and the PPP and GCPP both failed to win a single seat. In the Presidential elections, the CPP, the minority party with the loudest voice but the smallest share of the national vote– polling less than…

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