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Title: Infrastructural state capacity for democratization? Voter registration and identification in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana compared
Authors: Piccolino, Giulia
Keywords: Voter registration
Elections
State capacity
Ghana
Côte d'Ivoire
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: PICCOLINO, G., 2016. Infrastructural state capacity for democratization? Voter registration and identification in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana compared. Democratization, 23(3), pp. 498-519.
Abstract: © 2015 Taylor & Francis.A large portion of electoral irregularities in developing countries stem from administrative deficiencies, rather than deliberate fraud. This is particularly evident when it comes to voter registration and identification: the quality of a voter list depends on the existence of effective mechanisms to register and identify citizens and electors, which might not be easily at hand in many developing countries. Democratization in these countries has been accompanied by intense polemics about the quality of the voter rolls and the identification of electors, which have threatened democratic consolidation. Biometric technology has been recently heralded as a possible solution, but its effective potential is disputable. In order to understand how problems with registering and identifying voters have affected democratization, this article reviews the contrasting experiences of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. In Côte d'Ivoire, the problem of the reliability of the voter register has been entangled since the 1990s with the politicization of the citizenship question. As a consequence, compiling an acceptable voter register has proven extremely difficult and cumbersome. In Ghana, an effective electoral administration has been key to overcoming the mistrust of the political parties about the fairness of the voter process.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Democratization on 23rd Feb 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2014.983906
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2014.983906
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22704
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2014.983906
ISSN: 1351-0347
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