Kwadwo Afari-Gyan

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Kwadwo Afari-Gyan
Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
Assumed office
President electoral commission
Personal details
Born (1945-06-18) June 18, 1945 (age 69)
Anyimon, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Children 4
Alma mater University of Ghana
University of California, Santa Barbara
Occupation Academic, Political scientist
Religion Christianity

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan (born 18 June 1945), is the chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.[1] He is a Ghanaian academic, political scientist and an Election Administrator.


Afari-Gyan was born at Anyimon in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. He attended Achimota School and Adisadel College for his A Level and also graduated from the University of Ghana in 1967 with a BA degree in philosophy. He went on to attain a MA degree in African politics in 1969 from the same university. He also studied in the United States where he was awarded a Ph. D. in Political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1974.[1]


Afari-Gyan worked as a lecturer and professor in political science at the University of Ghana. He has also lectured in the United States and Nigeria. He was a member of the Committee of Experts that drafted the Fourth Republican Constitution for Ghana.[2]

In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Interim National Electoral Commission by the then PNDC, which was ruling as a military junta, with the hope of returning the country to civilian rule. His job was to ensure that the November 1992 presidential election and the December 1992 parliamentary elections were free and fair. Jerry John Rawlings, the Chairman of the PNDC, who was also Head of State, stood and won the elections.[1]

With the coming into force of the Fourth Republican Constitution, a new Electoral Commission was set up and Afari-Gyan became its first substantive chairman. He has successfully supervised all the Ghanaian elections held under this constitution so far. He has successfully chaired the conduct of presidential and parliamentary elections in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.[3] In the last of these a number of unofficial institutions attempted to declare the results of these elections, with Afari Gyan stating that these results could not be trusted.[4]

In 1998, he became the Executive Secretary of the Association of African Election Authorities. He was also member of a committee of experts to advice Nigeria on elections.[5]

Other Activities[edit]

He has also worked in a large number of other African countries, and has written several books.[1] He is currently the star witness for the Electoral Commission of Ghana which is the 2nd respondent in an ongoing Electoral petition of the 2012 elections which the New Patriotic Party filed after 2012 general elections.


  • The Political Ideas of Kwame Nkrumah. University of California, Santa Barbara. 1974. p. 462. 
  • Nkrumah's Ideology. 1985. 
  • Public Tribunals and Justice in Ghana. Asempa Publishers. 1988. p. 14. 
  • Understanding Politics. Asempa Publishers. 1991. p. 109. 
  • The Making of the Fourth Republican Constitution of Ghana. Accra: Goldtype Publishers & Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Ghana Office. 1995. p. 139. ISBN 978-9988-572-02-0. 
  • The Ghanaian constitution: An introduction. Friedrich Ebert Foundation. 1999. p. 108. ISBN 978-9988-572-56-3. 
  • Sarpong, Peter et al. (1992). Afari-Gyan, Kwadwo; Arhin, Kwame, eds. The City of Kumasi Handbook: Past, Present and Future-Cambridge Faxbooks. OCLC 29495434. 


  1. ^ a b c d "Afari-Gyan Profile". United Action against Corruption and Injustice. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ "The Commissioners". Electoral Commission of Ghana. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  3. ^ American Chronicle | Electoral Commission and Afari Gyan deserve Nobel Peace Prize
  4. ^ "Afari Gyan Fumes". Ghana Elections ( Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Ghana’s Afari-Gyan leads Nigeria elections committee". 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-06-20.