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Political party vigilantism: A growing fox worth killing before it mutates into a monster
Political party vigilantism: A growing fox worth killing before it mutates into a monster
17 May, 2017

Since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1992, a major aberration in Ghana’s political environment has been the worrying post-election activities of political party foot soldiers, which Bob-Milliar (2014) described as a brand of party activism that violates the norms of liberal democracy. In the Fourth Republic, foot soldiers1 of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the two the leading parties, have been the main culprits, though it is a known fact that all political parties harness the mobilization capacities of their foot soldiers to garner support for their party and candidates. The post-election activities of foot soldiers of political parties that win elections make their role in the country’s democratic process controversial and questionable.

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