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EU supports three Independent Governance Institutions (IGIs) towards Election 2016 in Ghana

15/05/2016 - 12:23
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The European Union (EU) is supporting the Independent Governance Institutions involved in the 2016 electoral cycle with a total of 5 million Euros Grant.

Hon. Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance launched the support on 18 May 2016 at the Electoral Commission in Accra. In attendance were Heads and Representatives of the three Governance Institutions, the National Media Commission (NMC), the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Ambassadors and Officials from the EU Member States in Ghana and a large section of the media.

EUR 2.9 million went to the Electoral Commission. This support will target all aspects of election administration across the electoral cycle (2016-2018), ranging from pre-election, preparation to the announcement of results and post-election activities.

The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) received EUR 1.77 million to support them to among other things, strengthen its institutional capacity to deliver voter education and awareness on the electoral cycle.

The National Media Commission received EUR 150,000 to support a secure, free and responsible regulatory environment for media practice during the elections.

Ambassador Hanna in his speech announced that a EU exploratory mission will soon visit the country to assess if an EU Observation Mission (EU-EOM) could be deployed for the forthcoming electoral process. The role of such a mission would be to monitor the whole process, issue a preliminary statement and a final report with the mission's findings, and prepare some recommendations on possible future improvements of the electoral process.  The mission will not interfere in any way with the process and will keep strict impartiality, following a precise code of conduct.

He re-echoed the appeals being made to the leadership of political parties in the country, to actively engage for the disbandment of the so-called 'vigilante' or 'militia' groups that could put peace at risk in the country.

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