The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) on December 4 deployed 32 short-term observers to all ten regions of Ghana, in readiness for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on December 7.
Speaking in Accra as the new observers were deployed, the mission’s Chief Observer, Tamás Meszerics, who is a Member of the European Parliament, said they would be concentrating on procedures and processes in polling stations and counting centres on and after Election Day.
“Our short-term observers will complement the activities of our long-term observers who have been observing all aspects of the electoral campaign period since their deployment around the country on November 6.”
“This week, we welcomed the signing by all Presidential candidates of the peace accord in Accra. We very much welcome the strong signal for peaceful elections that the accord sends out to all of Ghana’s 15.7 million voters. In the past 24 years, they have demonstrated a solid commitment to a peaceful democratic electoral process.”
The EU was invited by the Ghanaian authorities and is assessing all aspects of the entire electoral process, including the legal framework, the performance of the election administration, voter registration, candidates’ nomination, respect for fundamental freedoms, access to and conduct of the media, voting, the counting and transmission of results, as well as the post-election period.
The long- and short-term observers will be reinforced during and after Election Day by six Members of the European Parliament and 16 representatives of EU and other embassies in Ghana.
The mission will be presenting a preliminary statement on its findings two days after the election, at a press conference at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on December 9.
Notes to editors: The EU EOM was invited by the Ghanaian authorities to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. It operates in accordance with the “Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation”, adopted at the United Nations in 2005 by a number of international bodies involved in election observation. EU Observers adhere to a Code of Conduct which obliges them to maintain strict impartiality and neutrality, and to abide by Ghanaian law.