Since Ghana returned from authoritarian regime to multi-party democracy in 1992, the country’s general elections in the fourth Republic between 1992-2016 have largely been considered peaceful and somewhat fair. On 7 December 2020, Ghanaians again will be heading to the ballot box to choose their president and parliamentarians. In this last episode of CEBSAR TALK, and the last for the year 2020, we aim to know if the trend of a ‘peaceful and fair’ election is expected to continue. In addition, we unpack what has characterized Ghana’s conduct of successful general elections and lessons to draw from irregularities observed.
The discussion will comprise two sessions. The first session will touch on the impressions so far on the role and preparations (for example, compiling of new voter register, filling of nomination forms by presidential candidates) of the Electoral Commission for the December polls. It will further bother on the activities and posture (for example, campaign messages, communication and manifestos) of the political parties so far moving into the elections and borrowed lessons. The final session will focus on most pressing things ‘to do’ for our leaders in 2021 and beyond, burning issues in terms of leadership moving into election 2020, and type of leadership Ghanaians yearn for. Finally, the panel will give their goodwill message to the good people of Ghana for a peaceful election during and after the polls.
The event will be hosted by Mr. Evans Appiah Kissi, the host of the event since its inception. The panel will be Prof. Enoch Opoku Antwi, Dr. Ishmael Wireko and AK Mensah. Prof. Antwi is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Management at Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin in the United States of America. He is also a leadership consultant, author and civic educationist. Prof. Opoku holds a PhD in Business Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana, USA. Dr. Wireko is a health and social policy researcher, policy scientist policy analyst for the Ministry of Energy and Resources, Regina, Canada. He also holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, USASK, Canada. Mr. AK Mensah is the founder and CEO of CEBSAR-AFRICA and a doctoral researcher at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.
The program will be live on Saturday 5th December 2020 at 4pm GMT on Facebook, available on YouTube and CEBSAR-AFRICA social media platforms. Make a date with us!