Norway part of the EU Election Observation Mission

Mr Haakon Svane from the Norwegian Embassy in Accra is deployed to Tamale and Bolgatonga as part of the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM). In response to an invitation by the Ghanaian authorities, the European Union has deployed an EOM to Ghana to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections which are scheduled for 7 December.

This is the third time that the European Union is observing elections in Ghana (previously in 2008 and 2012), which reflects the EU's long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.

The European Union in Ghana and the Electoral Commission of Ghana on 18 October 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding on election observation towards the December 7th Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana.

The EOM Core Team of seven EU election analysts arrived in Ghana on 26 October and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process, and to prepare a comprehensive analysis of the process.

As from early November the Core Team will be joined by 24 long-term observers, and later in early December by additional 32 short-term observers who will be deployed across the country. A delegation of the European Parliament and Ghana-based diplomats from EU Member States will also reinforce the mission on election day.

Mr Eoghan Mc Swiney, Ireland (left), and  Mr Haakon Svane, Norway, on the EU Election Observer Mission in a polling station in Sevelegu, Northern Region.

Mr. Haakon Svane is part of a group of about 30 observers from the foreign mission in Ghana. He is Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy, responsible for Ghana, private sector, Oil For Development, maritime security and migration.

Mr Tamás Meszerics, Member of the European Parliament, has been appointed as Chief Observer. "The forthcoming general elections will be another defining moment in the country's development. Ghana has achieved impressive progress in terms of democratization, good governance and respect for human rights and has set high standards in this regard,” says Mr. Meszerics.

“I believe that the Ghanaian people will be expressing again their political choices in a peaceful and calm environment, thus confirming the strength of Ghana’s democratic institutions. I trust the December polls can further consolidate the country track record for well-run, inclusive and peaceful elections."

The EU EOM aims to contribute to enhancing the transparency of the election process, the respect for fundamental freedoms and will follow up with recommendations. The EU supports African efforts to reinforce the democratisation process across the continent. Since 2000, more than 70 election observation missions have been deployed by the EU in Africa.

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