The term free and fair election has now become a common phrase
associated with the conduction of elections across the world. However, different
interpretations are often given to free and fair elections which sometimes lead to
misunderstanding among election stakeholders resulting in election conflicts. The
study sought to assess the perceptions of the electorate on the extent to which the
2008 presidential and parliamentary elections were free and fair. A total of 156
respondents were used for the study. These comprised 100 electorate,made up of
10 respondents each from the Electoral Commission, media, political parties,
security agencies, Amansie Central District Assembly and 6 traditional
authority’s. Questionnaire and interview schedule were used to collect data from
the respondents. In addition to this, simple random and purposive sampling
techniques were used to select the respondents.
The main findings of the study are that the electorate have bad perception
of free and fair elections. Avoiding multiple registrations, not engaging in
violence, not intimidating other voters, applying electoral regulations fairly are
among the major roles played by election stakeholders to ensure free and fair
elections in the 2008 national elections. Financial constraints and insufficient
knowledge of the electorate on the electoral process are the two challenges
affecting stakeholders in the promotion of free and fair elections at Amansie
Central District. It is recommended that the government of Ghana, philanthropists and benevolent organizations should provide financial assistance to election
stakeholders and the electorate should be educated on free and fair elections.
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Coalition, CDR. "Perceptions of Free and Fair Elections in Amansie Central District" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed June 21, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/perceptions-of-free-and-fair-elections-in-amansie-central-district