The 2000 General Elections and Presidential Run-off in Ghana: An Overview

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The December 2000 general elections and presidential run-off in Ghana were arguably the most important since independence in 1957 and constituted a significant landmark in Ghana's democratic development. This article explains the reasons why, and offers a detailed account of the election campaign, an assessment of the quality of the electoral process and an analysis of the results. The opposition victory is explained in terms of several key factors, before concluding with regard to the positive implications for the consolidation of democracy in Ghana in the future.

Keywords: campaign; elections; electoral process; fairness; impartiality; trust

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2002

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