Former Liberia Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer is heading an ECOWAS 49-member observer mission to Ghana’s presidential and general elections. The elections are slated for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
Dr. Sawyer was head of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU). The observer mission will ascertain whether the elections are free, transparent and credible. It comprises 80 short-term observers and 14 long-term observers.
The short-term observers, drawn from all ECOWAS member States except for Ghana, and the ECOWAS Parliament, also includes members of the civil society, representatives of electoral commissions in West African nations, ambassadors of Member States accredited to the ECOWAS, and observers from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre.
The observers will be support by a technical team from the ECOWAS Commission.
The team will comprise the Commission’s Vice President, Edward Singhatey, and its Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Halima Ahmed.
ECOWAS Director of Political Affairs, Dr Remi Ajibewa, the Head of its Electoral Assistance Unit, Francis Oke, the Acting Head of the Communications Unit, Liberor Doscof Aho, and other officials of the community are also in the team.
The observers are deployed throughout the nine provinces, to observe and monitor all the pre-election, election and post-election polling operations.
The Head of the Mission, Dr. Amos Sawyer, is expected to make a preliminary statement in Accra on Thursday, a statement issued by the ECOWAS Commission says.