Is there a limit when it comes to democracy and if so how is it determined? Was the question i asked the former President of Ghana, His Excellency John Mahama, during his recent trip to Nairobi.

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I gave the example of my country Cote D'Ivoire as an example. We experienced a 10 year war that caused over 3000 deaths, several misplaced, an export ban (keeping in mind that Cote D'Ivoire used to be the biggest producer of cocoa in the world) and lack of income generating activities due to the country's instability. Both parties felt indeed they were fulfilling their democratic rights yet we all know what were the repercussions. Does democracy create war?
"Democracy is not perfect but another way to look at it, is whether we can accept anything else but democracy", was the former President answer.

According to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs, democracy "is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system." In the phrase of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

I have been thinking about the impact of democracy for a while and now even more with the upcoming Kenyan election.
The Kenyan Government gave the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Kshs 500 million to conduct the voter registration process which IEBC claimed was not enough. In 2016 IEBC had requested 30 billion to conduct the 2017 election and then an additional 2 billion for voter registration. A costly process on tax payers.
Unfortunately, this happens at a time when hospitals are still not equipped with proper medical equipment; there has been, what seems to be endless strikes from Doctors and nurses; most Kenyans still don't have comprehensive health cover; unemployment is still high (according to a 2017 article by the Standard, one in every 6 Kenyans are unemployed); insecurity termed as critical in 2016 by the United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security and now a food shortage and a drastic increase in food prices. Yet elections are people democratic right. Are we able to afford such expenses every 4 years?

Although democracy is important and should be fought for, its associated cost on the Africa continent is worth exploring. Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew governed his country for 3 decades and was able to turn it from a third to a first world. There is no doubt that the priorities of most African countries are misplaced but can Africa really afford the financial cost associated with democracy?
Corruption has been the biggest hindrance in the development of the continent yet democracy should ideally reduce corruption, or should it? A topic worth exploring.