Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otokunor says after a critical study of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Report on Ghana’s 2020 elections, the NDC has discovered several flaws in it.
Mr Otokunor said the report contains “several irregularities and flaws” and does not reflect the true picture of what happened during the elections.
In his view, the report cannot be taken lightly because it is not a true representation of Ghana’s election process, yet it plays a crucial role in the international space and can make and unmake the reputation of Ghana.
“They failed to accurately report and discuss all the issues, particularly the way the Electoral Commission jumped over the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and went to Parliament but faced a backlash and had to go back and forth three times before the right things were done,” he observed. “This is something that was supposed to be reported by the EU but they did not.”
The report concluded that the 2020 election in Ghana was efficiently organized, competitive, saw voters participating freely in large numbers, and successfully met a wide range of international standards.
It also included recommendations and proposals for consideration by the Ghanaian people to improve future electoral processes and strengthen Ghana’s democracy.
But Mr. Otokunor stressed that the EU-EOM also failed to put in their report that some great number of eligible Ghanaians were prevented from voting.
“We expected that the EU will report on some of these critical issues because you are doing comprehensive monitoring of the elections, so all the fallouts during the registration exercise; the stabbing of Silas Wulochamey in Banda, the shooting at Dormaa Central and other incident cannot be isolated,” he said.
He insisted that “if this kind of things happened in any of the European countries, it is a big deal, why is it an isolated situation in Ghana?”
Peter Otokunor said he also finds it incomprehensible that no part of the report talked about security during the elections, which is one of the many metrics one can use to measure how free or fair an election really is.
According to Mr. Otokunor, the EU may have intended to do an objective work, but based on their “defective tools” and metrics used to arrive at a conclusion, their work has turned out to be problematic.