African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187

Full Length Research Paper

The role of referendum: A case of Ghana

Norman, A. S1* and Kwadwo, Sarfo Kantanka2
  1International Institute of Training Research and Consultancy, P.O. BOX 3636, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. 2Deputy Chairperson, Electoral Commission of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
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  •  Accepted: 29 April 2009
  •  Published: 31 May 2009



This article presents a discussion on the role of the referendum in Africa with a case study of Ghana. It reveals the importance of referendum and the types of referendum as experienced in many countries with concentration on Ghana. It has concluded that referendum is important as allows majority stance to be assimilated as a decision as opposed to few who make decisions in most decision making organs.  It expresses a true will of the people, and reveal aspirations and ambitious of the communities.  On the other side it does away with decisions that are of the few yet termed of the majority.  It is however, worthy and of merit when these referenda are used on only important concerns of the nation and for the nation.


Key words: Referendum, decision making.