Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 November 2008

Ghana / European Union deploys Election Observation Mission



Ghana / European Union deploys Election Observation Mission


ACCRA, Ghana, November 11, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ –– The European Commission will deploy an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana scheduled to take place on 7 December 2008. The EU EOM will be led by Mr. Nickolay Mladenov (Bulgaria), Member of the European Parliament and is a contribution to support democracy in Ghana.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, said:

“Ghana has been a positive example of democracy in Africa over the past 16 years. The upcoming elections in Ghana provide an opportunity to consolidate and further strengthen democracy in Ghana. The EU Election Observation Mission is a contribution to strengthening confidence of all electoral stakeholders in the credibility of all stages of the electoral process and in the democratic structures in the country. I am confident that the EU EOM’s comprehensive assessment will help the electoral authorities in further improving the conduct of elections”.

Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development, said:

“Ghana has achieved impressive progress in terms of democratization, good governance and respect for human rights and can serve as a model for other countries in the West African region and in Africa. I believe the Ghanaian people will make their choice in a peaceful and calm manner and that 2008 elections will confirm Ghana’s political maturity. The EU EOM complements our cooperation strategy with Ghana that focuses, inter alia, on supporting good governance.”

The EOM Core Team consists of the Chief Observer and seven experts. They will be joined by twenty four Long Term Observers (LTOs), which will be deployed around the country to assess the campaign period and pre-election preparations. Thirty four Short Term Observers (STOs) will be deployed over the election period to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results. They will be joined by locally recruited STOs from diplomatic missions of EU Member States resident in the country.

EU Election Observation Missions are an important instrument for building confidence in the democratic processes of a country and are deployed in line with the EU’s commitment to promote democracy, human rights and the respect for the rule of law. The EU has made available some €2.5 million from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), for this mission.

The European Union is one of Ghana’s most important development partners and has been providing substantial funds to assist the country in implementing its development policy reform agenda.



SOURCE : European Commission


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