Story by: Joseph A. Coffie

The Ghana Election Watch Website was on Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 launched by the kandifo institute.

The event brought together many leaders including The executive director of Kandifo institute, Mr. Palgrave Boakye-Danquah,  Dr. Kodjo Mensah Abrampa, The Advisory Board Chair and member of Kandifo institute, representatives from the various political parties in Ghana, some other distinguished invited guest and the press.

The Executive Director of Kandifo institute Mr. Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, noted that Kandifo institute exist to promote a development path that traditionally rested on an organic conception of society based on the belief that society is a living organism comprising closely connected, interdependent members.

He however said, given the realities of our country today, I need not to remind you of the relevance importance and urgency of the mission of Kandifo institute. As the name indicates, Kandifo meaning leader, stresses the importance of leadership in achieving national goals and focus on young people.

He stated that, as a think-tank, Kandifo institute seeks to achieve its goals and objectives through critical research and advocacy and ultimately, the institute seeks to prepare and empower young people for future leadership in an ideological path of conservatism, free market, Libertarianism, Advocacy, Public Policy and Analytical Research.

He also noted that, the main challenge of development today is leadership and therefore the kind of leadership we have determines the extent of progress we make. And however, if the path of the "Kandifo" (leader) is crooked, the "akyidifo" (followers) will hardly see their way forward.

Mr. Palgrave Boakye-Danquah went on to gave brief history on how elections was conducted in Ghana since February 9th, 1951 and also highlighted on the three political parties contested in the 1951 elections namely, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), which was led by Dr. Joseph Boakye Kyeretwie Danquah, Convention Peoples Party (CPP) which was led by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and National Democratic Party (NDP) led by Dr. Frederick Victor Nanka-Bruce.

He narrated how  Ghana's political situation has been since independence.

According to Mr. Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, the previous statistics since independence leads them to the  launch of the Ghana Election Watch Website.

He said Electioneering is a way people can choose their candidate or their preferences in a representative democracy or other form of government and also, elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th Century.

He noted, globally this year 2020 is going to record 113 general elections from 7 continents, 18 elections in North America, 5 elections in Middle East, 17 elections in Oceania, 19 elections in Africa, 31 elections in Europe and 9 elections in South America.

He indicated clearly that, Elections are important to everyone, to the citizen, to the investor, to the leader, to the economist, to the industry worker, to the student, to the religious leaders, to the IT world, to the entrepreneur, to the business man, to the media, the citizen not the spectator among others.

And he furthermore noted, Ghana Election Watch is a non - partisan project that seeks to educate electorates, especially the youth, about the history of elections in Ghana. He said the project is a vital tool in providing essential Election related Information and news to electorates.

Mr. Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, the executive Director Kandifo institute said Ghana has recorded several gains since its return to multi - party democracy, the values of the country may plunge into the gutters if the discourse is not properly steered.

He said in 2020, Ghana can further deepen its gains as it goes to the polls for the eighth time and this project will continue to focus on keeping electorates educated and informed through the analysis of proposed plans and policies, electoral data to enable the electorate to make an informed decision on who to vote for on the election day.

And he officially announced the launch of Ghana Election Watch Website. The URL is and he invites all to visit the website and also urge political parties who registered with the electoral commission, should kindly contact the Kandifo Institute office line on 0303-961-661 and
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