On December 7, 2020 Ghana will hold presidential and parliamentary elections, the eighth since the start of the Fourth Republic. The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) offer the following analysis of the pre-election environment based on in-depth interviews conducted October 20–29 with a wide array of representatives from the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties, the security sector, civil society organizations, and citizen observation groups. IRI and NDI’s analysis was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and in light of constraints imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which precluded deployment of an international delegation to Ghana. IRI and NDI therefore adapted its methodology to accommodate intensive remote engagement. This joint delegation was led by Constance Newman, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. The report highlights findings and recommendations, in particular those related to electoral administration, vigilante violence and election security, inclusion of marginalized groups, and the media and information environment. IRI and NDI will continue to monitor the overall process through its conclusion.
Monday, November 2, 2020