The European Union Election Observation Mission to Ghana 2020 (EU EOM) said the 2020 general elections organized by the Jean Mensa-drove Electoral Commission (EC) were “proficiently organized and serious.”
Introducing the mission’s final report at a public interview in Accra, Chief Observer, Javier Nart, noticed that voters participated openly in large numbers and that the cycle “effectively met a range of international standards”
The EU EOM’s final report is a complete assessment of the electoral cycle that expands on the initial discoveries of the preliminary statement, which was given soon after the elections in December.
In spite of stating that the overall direct of casting a ballot was assessed decidedly in 95% of surveying stations noticed, Nart stated that the inadequacies already recognized by past EU election observation missions “remain, like the abuse of state assets, the abuse of incumbency, vote-purchasing and unregulated campaign finances. These brought about a lopsided playing field.”
The final report contained 18 recommendations for future elections, eight of which were viewed as needs.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated previous President John Mahama in the said election to get another four-year term; gathering 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes contrast between the two candidates remained at 517, 231, addressing a four-percentage point, one of the greatest since 1996.
The previous president dismissed the result of the elections and requested of the Supreme Court. He argued that there was no champ in the elections and that the declaration by the chairperson of EC was flawed.
He hence prayed the court to arrange for a rerun of the elections among him and Akufo-Addo.
The Apex Court, notwithstanding, excused the request, stating that it cannot structure a rerun of the 2020 presidential surveys.
The panel held that previous President John Dramani Mahama, the applicant in the case, failed to adduce “pertinent proof” to back his claims that there was no champ in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.