An African Election Review

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Ghana, West Africa. 2008. As the country gears up for democratic elections, the two vying parties go to the mattresses. The fate on the nation hangs in the balance...


In December 2008, Nana Akufo-Addo of the right-leaning New Patriotic Party and John Atta Mills of the left-inclined National Democratic Congress ran for the presidency of Ghana. This record of the hustings and consequences of election day provides a timely reminder of the preciousness of democracy for those in the developed world. While Jarreth Merz captures the personalities of both candidates and ex-dictator Jerry Rawlings, he fails to make tangible political distinctions and thus it isn’t always clear precisely what’s at stake. Nevertheless, the events surrounding the count and re-vote are as slickly presented as the banter between party agents Rojo Mettle and Kwabena Agyepong.

Occasionally lacking in context but never less than intriguing, Jarreth Merz's polished film is a handy document to a rarely visited democracy.