Elections well-conducted but misuse of state resources persist – EU Observers
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has noted that the misuse of state resources and unregulated campaign financing has resulted in an unlevel playing field in Ghana’s electoral process.
The EU in a preliminary statement on Ghana’s December 7 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections also mentioned that the polls were organised in an efficient and transparent manner, and voters participated freely.
“The elections were competitive, and contestants could campaign without hindrance. A few isolated violent incidents occurred, and numerous stakeholders expressed deep apprehensions about the possible use of vigilante groups by political parties,” the statement said.
“Unregulated political finance, misuse of state resources and numerous instances of vote-buying resulted in an unlevel playing field. Ghana’s vibrant and diverse media sector provided voters with sufficient information on both major competing parties and their candidates”.
State media favoured ruling party
The statement also indicated that the state media also favoured the ruling party New Patriotic Party (NPP) and its presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who received extensive coverage on their platforms.
More to follow…