Election 2020: EU observer Mission submits Report to Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, Mr. Bryan Acheampong, has received report on the just ended 2020 elections from the European Union Observer Mission(EU EOM) on behalf of Parliament.

In the report, the European Union Election Observation Mission to Ghana described the 2020 election as “efficiently organised, competitive, that voters participated freely in large numbers, and that the process successfully met a range of international standards.”

However, the team pointed out few shortcomings that needed to be addressed in future. Some of the concerns raised, included how the Chairpersons of the Electoral Commission are appointed.

The mission advised that the process be properly looked into. They went on to lament the quantum of money paid by candidates as filing fee, stating those fees were exorbitant.

The team further noted that only two out of their findings from the previous elections had been implemented.

Mr Bryan Acheampong thanked the team and commended them for their work. He expressed his satisfaction with the report.
“I like the fact that the Union admits that the 2020 elections were Efficient, Free, Fair, Transparent and Competitive.” He said.
Mr. Bryan Acheampong also assured the delegation that the report would be presented to the Speaker of Parliament.

“A workshop would be organized and also a stakeholder consultation will be held to discuss the report, and how best to implement the recommendation”. – he added

The European Union deployed an EU EOM to Ghana between October 31 and December 30, 2020. In total, the mission comprised 80 observers from EU member states as well as Norway, Switzerland and Canada.
The mission’s mandate was to assess the electoral process against international obligations and commitments for democratic elections as well as the laws of Ghana.

Source: Abetificonstituency.com- with files from myrepubliconline

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