Consolidating democracy in ghana progress and prospects

Military dictatorship was replaced by representative democracy with the hopes and aspirations of good governance much higher than what the seemingly collapsible democratic institutions could fulfil.The source and nature of transition in 1999 was later found to constitute threat to the foundation of democracy and obliterates the current efforts at consolidating democracy.The nation is rank among the world’s poorest country.According to United Nations Development Programme (2009), in Nigeria hunger exhibits its ugly face in most homes where the average citizen contends with a life of abject poverty.

Government must muster the political will to punish any corrupt public officer irrespective of his or her status in the society.

Besides, various forms of inducements and gratification which provide temporary relief from the scourge of poverty are given central attention in making democratic choices.

However, many Nigerians see the election period as an opportunity to demand of the office seeker a slice of their wealth.

Thus, their participation in the election process was only influenced by how much they could attract the contestants rather than by deliberate decision based on preventing issues and national interest One of the daunting challenges confronting the present democratic dispensation is insecurity.

Since the return of democracy, the country has experienced ethno-religious crises, sectarian mayhem, etc., questioning and shaking the survival of the country.

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