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An African election

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2282

The West African state of Ghana held a presidential election in 2008. This documentary follows the campaign, interviewing candidates and filming rallies and electoral officials.

It was made to show that Africa can offer a democratic alternative to the violence that had marred elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

The film shows a kind of alternative, but ends up emphasising how little is on offer to voters.

The two main parties claim to be on the centre left and centre right, but offer pretty much indistinguishable policies.

Most interesting are the ordinary people who queue for hours to vote and watch suspiciously as the electoral officials count the ballots.

An African Election
Directed by Jarreth Merz
In cinemas now

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Tue 6 Dec 2011, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2282
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