European Union Deploys Election Observers To Monitor Ghana’s Polls

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A man casts his ballot in Kyebi, eastern Ghana. (Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP)

The European Union (EU) has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to monitor Ghana’s general elections scheduled for December 7, 2020.

The members of EOM are expected in Ghana on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Mr Javier Nart, Member of the European Parliament, has been appointed as Chief Observer by Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

Josep Borrell said the deployment of the mission confirms the EU’s long-term commitment to supporting peaceful, credible, and transparent elections in Africa and around the world.

“Under the leadership of Chief Observer Mr Javier Nart, the EU EOM will provide an independent assessment of the electoral process and work together with Ghanaians to strengthen further the country’s democratic institutions,” Josep Borrell said.

The Core Team of the EU Election Observation Mission consists of 9 election experts who will arrive in Accra on Saturday and stay until the completion of the electoral process.

On 7 November, 40 Long-Term Observers will join the mission and will be deployed across Ghana’s 16 regions.

Their capacity will be reinforced by up to 30 locally recruited Short-Term Observers on election day.

After election day, the mission will issue a preliminary statement and hold a press conference in Accra. A final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented and shared with stakeholders after the finalisation of the entire electoral process.

This is the EU’s third EOM to Ghana after two in 2008 and 2016, as well as an Election Follow-up Mission in 2019.

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source: CNR

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