European Union Election Observation Mission
Ghana, 2016



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Chief Observer, Tamas Meszerics, returns to Accra to present the mission's Final Report, including recommendations for future improvements to Ghana's electoral framework.

On February 27, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) presented its Final Report into Ghana’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections, arguing they represented another milestone in the consolidation of democracy in Ghana. But Chief Observer, Tamas Meszerics, said an atmosphere of mistrust and tension during some phases of the election process could have been avoided, and could be addressed for future elections.

Chief Observer of the EU EOM Ghana 2016, Mr Tamás Meszerics, presents to the media the mission's Preliminary Statement following the country's Presidential and Parliamentary elections on December 7.

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) says Ghana’s closely contested Presidential and Parliamentary elections delivered to the Ghanaian people a generally well-administered and transparent vote, which largely escaped the violence many had feared. However, the EU EOM added the misuse of incumbency, including unequal access to state media, and unaccountable campaign financing were areas Ghana could address in the future.

In Ghana, the European Union, African Union, ECOWAS, Commonwealth and National Democratic Institute issue a joint statement on the eve of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Ghana's Presidential and Parliamentary elections has deployed teams of 32 short-term observers across the country in readiness for the elections on December 7. They will complement the observation activities of 24 long-term observers who have been in Ghana's ten regions since November 6. The strength of the mission on Election Day will rise to 87 observers.

Long-term observers arrived in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, at the start of their pre-election deployment. Twenty-four observers working in teams of two have spread across the country's ten regions, some teams doubling up in regions with large populations.