Nigeria civic group, CDD, to monitor Ghana election

former Ghanaian President, John Mahama

The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, has deployed its staff to monitor the December 7, 2016presidential election in Ghana.

A statement by its director, Idayat Hassan, on Monday said that the CDD is one of the 400 international observers accredited to observe the election.

“Ghana has been envied for its atypical quality of elections and democracy in Africa. The Centre’s election observation mission is to assess the conduct of the forthcoming elections against international standards,” said Ms. Hassan.

“In particular, CDD will observe how rules and regulations that govern as well as practices that characterize the conduct of the election comply with standards established in the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance”.

Ghana, which is increasingly becoming a beckon of democracy in the West Africa sub-region, will hold its presidential election on Wednesday. The main contenders in the poll are the incumbent president, John Mahama, 58, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Nana Akufo-Addo, 72, the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Interestingly this is the second time both candidates will contest against each other. In 2012, Mrs. Mahama narrowly defeated Mr. Akufo-Addo by three points.

Power shortages and double-digit inflation are some of the topical issues in the election.

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Nicholas Ibekwe is PREMIUM TIMES’ Head of Investigations. He is a graduate of English Language from the Lagos State University. He has a Master’s in International Journalism from City University, London, United Kingdom.

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