Former President Kgalema Motlanthe will be leading the African Union Election Observer Mission during Ghana’s national elections. Ghanaians will cast votes in both the presidential and parliamentary ballots on Monday.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is being challenged by former President John Mahama and ten other candidates.
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This will be third time Akufo-Addo and his predecessor Mahama square up against each other. With each having won a term each, Monday’s vote is expected to be won within very small margins.
Meanwhile, the AU Observer Mission underwent a three-day orientation to familiarise themselves with the legal frameworks for elections in Ghana as well as interact with the country’s electoral commission. The deployment of observers is in line with the AU’s mandate of promoting and deepening democratic elections.
The mission must make an independent and impartial assessment of the presidential and parliamentary votes in accordance with the principles of free and fair elections.