Ghana: Civics Lesson in Accra

Until now, no "progressive" (one-party) people's democracy has been complete without a) periodic elections in which 99.44% of the electorate enthusiastically vote in favor of a single list of candidates* and b) a parliament consisting of party leaders and other carefully selected citizens who can be depended on to debate, then dutifully approve, the legislation put before it by the regime. Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah, however, is an innovator; he has finally found a way to get the parliament without the election.

Early this year, Nkrumah arranged to have 99.9% of the electorate approve a one-party constitution, and he dissolved Parliament...

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