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The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission for the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Ghana scheduled for 7 December 2020. The EU EOM is led by Chief Observer Javier Nart, a Member of the European Parliament from Spain.

EU EOM Mandate

The mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and assess the extent to which the elections comply with international and regional commitments for elections, as well as with the laws of Ghana.

The EU EOM is independent from the EU Delegation to Ghana, EU Member States and all EU institutions.

The EU EOM will observe and assess:

  • the legal framework and its implementation;
  • the work of the election administration;
  • campaign activities;
  • the role of state institutions and civil society;
  • the conduct of the media;
  • social media
  • voting, counting and collation of results;
  • the environment in which the election is being conducted;
  • the complaints and appeals process.

EU EOM Methodology

The EU EOM uses the following criteria during its assessment of an electoral process:
  • the degree of impartiality shown by the election administration;
  • the degree of freedom of political parties and candidates to assemble and express their views;
  • the fairness of access to state resources during the election
  • the universal franchise afforded to voters;
  • the degree of access for political parties and candidates to the media, in particular the state media;
  • any other issue which concerns the democratic nature of the elections (e.g. campaign environment – also online, social media, rule of law, and legal framework);
  • the conduct of polling and counting of votes.

The EU EOM will publish a preliminary statement shortly after the election day and a final report, including recommendations, after the end of the whole electoral process. 

The recommendations of previous Election Observation Missions to Ghana can be found here:

Database of previous EU EOM recommendations

COVID-19

To protect the health and safety of the Ghanaian people and the observers, the EU EOM to Ghana is following all rules and regulations put in place by the Ghanaian authorities.

All observers were tested negative before coming to Ghana. In addition, precautionary and mitigating measures have been established for all members of the EU EOM.

 

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