Dr Chambas | Ghana must develop trust in National Institutions

Coalition of Domestic Election Observers’ (CODEO) High-Level Stakeholders Review Workshop on the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of Ghana, underway at Ada in the Greater Accra Region. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the former Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), says Ghana has to build trust in its national institutions. He said all actors including; civil society organizations (CSOs), must work closely with the Electoral Commission (EC), the National Peace Council (NPC), the Police, and the Judiciary to address gaps and enhance elections management in the country.

The December 7 2020 elections were another major test to Ghana’s democratic process and commended the stakeholders for the feat, he said. The workshop sought to take stock of valuable lessons from the conduct of the recently-held elections, drive the agenda towards electoral reforms, and enhance future elections, he added. He acknowledged the invaluable roles of CSOs, particularly CODEO in the democratic process in Ghana, and urged them to continue in the good work. The event was organized to bring together relevant election stakeholders to deliberate on critical issues relating to electoral integrity in Ghana.

“This is definitely a lesson to other countries in the region and even beyond,” says USAID. CODEO deemed it appropriate for a holistic assessment to be carried out on the entire electoral process. He said a concerted approach would be required to enhance the electoral process in Ghana. The report will identify what did not work well, the gaps, and challenges as well as the opportunities for improvement on the conduct of future elections. The results of the election will be announced on December 18. The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development and CODELD’s outstanding observation work has been recognized as demonstrating neutrality, impartiality, and integrity.

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