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The Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Ghana, 7 December 1996

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Political Background

The 1996 Presidential and Parliamentary elections were the second since the restoration of multi-party politics in 1992 and, in the case of the parliamentary elections, the first to be contested by all the major political parties since 1979. This was also the first time in Ghana's history that multi-party elections were being held for a second time in succession. They were therefore of considerable significance for the people of Ghana and the Commonwealth, which Ghana joined at independence in 1957.

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