Commonwealth deploys team to monitor Ghana elections

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ACCRA, GHANA - DECEMBER 7: Returning officers check voters' identity informations during general elections at Eddie Polo Hotel in Accra, Ghana on December 7, 2016. (Photo by Jordi Perdigo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ACCRA, GHANA – DECEMBER 7: Returning officers check voters’ identity informations during general elections at Eddie Polo Hotel in Accra, Ghana on December 7, 2016. (Photo by Jordi Perdigo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Commonwealth has deployed a team of election observers to Ghana to keep watch during the country’s General Election slated for Monday next week.

The Commonwealth Observer Group is made up of politicians, diplomats, and experts in law, human rights, gender, and election administration from across member countries.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said the group was constituted following an invitation from the Electoral Commission of Ghana ahead of the December 7, 2020 election.

The team will be supported by Commonwealth Secretariat staff led by Prof Luis Franceschi, senior director of the Governance and Peace Directorate.

The group’s mandate is to observe and consider factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process as a whole by considering the pre-election environment and election preparations.

The team will also assess whether the elections have been conducted in accordance with the standards for democratic elections to which Ghana has committed, with reference to national legislation and relevant regional, Commonwealth and international commitments.

 

Story compiled with assistance from ModernGhana.com

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