The 250-member ECOWAS Election Observation Mission is due in Accra on
Thursday 29th November for Ghana’s 7th December general elections,
within the context of the region’s instrument for provision of support
to Member States holding elections.
The team, comprising representatives of various segments of the West
African society is headed by Nigeria’s former President Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo and supported by Prof. Amos Sawyer, former President of
Liberia’s Interim Government and Chairman of the Governance Commission
of Liberia as well as the AU High-Level Panel on the African Peer
The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, will
also be in Ghana to provide additional support to the Mission and to
express ECOWAS’ solidarity with the Government and people of Ghana
during the elections, which are expected to contribute to the
deepening of democratic culture in the country.
Accra will serve as the headquarters and Situation Room for the ECOWAS
Mission, with three sub-stations in Kumasi, Tamale and Bolgatanga,
from where the regional observers will be deployed to all the ten
administrative regions of Ghana to monitor the conduct of the
presidential and legislative elections.
Prior to their deployment, the ECOWAS observers will meet with
political party leaders and other stakeholders in the country, with a
view to ensuring a peaceful environment for the conduct of the polls.
An ECOWAS assessment mission was in Ghana last October to review
preparations for the elections during which the mission interacted
with various stakeholders, including representatives of political
parties, security agencies, civil society organizations, the national
electoral commission, and other stakeholders to discuss their
perspectives on the preparations for the elections.
The elections in Ghana follow the successful polls in Sierra Leone,
which were also observed by ECOWAS. The Region seeks through the
Election Observation Missions to promote a culture of transparent and
credible elections, consistent with best practices for the enhancement
of good governance, regional peace and stability.