ACCRA, Ghana – The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is fielding a delegation to assess preparations for Ghana’s December 7, 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections. The mission will build upon the findings of a joint pre-election assessment mission that NDI conducted with the International Republican Institute (IRI) in August.
The delegation includes regional and election experts from North America and Africa: Senator Ken Nnamani, Chairman of the Nigerian Electoral Reforms Committee and former President of the Nigerian Senate; Dr. Brigalia Bam, former Chair of the South African Independent Electoral Commission; Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, senior associate and regional director, NDI; and Richard L. Klein, senior advisor for elections, NDI.
This second mission will assess recent developments in the political environment in Ghana and follow up on the recommendations made by the joint NDI-IRI delegation in August. The delegation will meet with the Electoral Commission of Ghana, presidential candidates, political party leaders, civil society representatives and other key actors in the electoral process, and will present its findings at a press conference in Accra on Friday, October 21.
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Over the past 25 years, NDI has conducted more than 150 election observation missions in 62 countries. NDI has worked closely with Ghanaian civic and political organizations since 1992 to support the development of the country’s democratic institutions and promote transparency and integrity of the electoral process through advanced techniques in election monitoring.