The latest Democracy Index Report by the Economist Intelligence Unit has graded Ghana as a 'flawed democracy'.
The report themed “Revenge of the Deplorables” mentions Norway as the lead in a pack of 34 “ full democracies” in the world.
Ghana appeared in the same category as the United States of America, which according to the report, was a standard-bearer in democratic practices.
According to the report, the United States has been downgraded due to the decline in confidence in public institutions, leading to the election of President Donald Trump.
On Ghana and Africa, the report stated, “Political participation and political culture have improved over the past five years (albeit with a few notable exceptions), it has been offset by deteriorating scores for civil liberties and the functioning of government.
"Moreover, while elections have become commonplace across much of the region, the regional score for electoral processes has remained persistently low, reflecting a lack of genuine pluralism in most countries," the report said
Ghana scored 8.33 in electoral process and pluralism, , while scoring 5.71 in government functioning. On political participation and political Culture, the country had 6.11 and 6.25 respectively.
Nevertheless, Ghana which scored -54 out of the 167 countries surveyed, performed much better than most African and European countries.