Year of Graduation
Juliet Oppong yeboah
Explaining Differences in Local and National Elections Turnout in Ghana
Politics. Economics. Philosophy
Voting in elections serves as basis for democratic inclusiveness among the people. Even though Ghana has been hailed as an example of democratic consolidation in Africa, the difference that exists between voter turnout in local and national elections continues to increase, this mars the democratic consolidation of Ghana’s fourth Republic. This thesis focuses on the various forms of information that accounts for higher turnout in national elections but results in lower turnout in local elections. Using data from online news in Ghana and a survey from Afro barometer Ghana, I concluded that higher news coverage results in higher voter turnout as evident with the case of national elections and the opposite is true for local elections as with performance where low performance of local officials leads to low voter turnout and in national elections it might not always be the case. The study would go into details of all the variables mentioned.