Mark Stevens

The deputy chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission in Ghana, Mark Stevens has lauded the efforts of the Electoral Commission (EC) in ensuring that the 2016 elections are transparent and credible.

According to him, the EU election Observer mission is impressed with the commission’s inclusive nature.

“Ghana has what I call the election architecture. Stakeholders are involved to ensure a peaceful election,” said Mr. Stevens on Thursday in an interview with Nii Arday Clegg, host of Morning Starr.

He added that: “We are actually watching the rule of law in action. It has been interesting and impressive so far.”

The European Union Election Observation Mission presence in Ghana to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections which are scheduled for December 7 was in response to an invitation  from  the Electoral Commission.

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 is funding this whole processes,” said Mr. Stevens adding that “Two months after the elections, we’ll present a final report which will have recommendations if any.”

He said the mission is not in Ghana to direct how the electoral process goes but to assess it based on campaigns, conduct of people and candidates among others.

“As observers we do not give opinions on what is happening during the election process,” he said.

Source: Ghana/ Awal