The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) was instrumental in organizing some debates for aspiring parliamentary candidates, among others.
The introduction of a new constitutional instrument generated many controversies.
Any telling of the Ghanaian success story must, however, also point out some areas of weakness in the system, indicating democracy in the country is still a work in progress.
The role of civil society organizations The 2012 elections confirmed the emergence of civil society as a key factor in Ghanaian democratic development.
The EC also conducted a pilot voting exercise in selected polling stations throughout the country to test the biometric verification equipment and rectify any problems that might arise on voting day.
Whether the pilot exercise achieved its aim is unclear, as numerous reports of technical problems on Election Day prompted the extension of the elections at more than 4,000 polling stations across the country.
This essay examines the connection between elections and democracy, drawing on the case of Ghana.