Outspoken political science lecturer the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has advised Ghana not to pay heed to foreign observer missions like the European Union Election Observation Mission that set out to monitor elections.
Speaking on Joy FM, he said these missions do not produce anything different from the reports by the local observer missions like Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO).
“I don’t think we need the EU again to come and tell us what we did right and what we did wrong. We ourselves if we are doing the wrong thing we know. I think as we are growing our democracy we must begin to place much emphasis on our own local observer missions,” h said.
Prof Gyampo noted that domestic observer missions are headed by eminent Ghanaians with experience in the political terrain of Ghana, but the EU chooses personnel most of whom do not appreciate the political atmosphere and further pick and choose what to observe, and what to ignore.
“I saw some of the recommendations that they made to the effect that we should give a fixed term of office to the EC chair. I think this recommendation is something that we have made long ago,” the lecturer said on Thursday.
He added: “I was a member of the electoral report committee way back in 2014, we made this recommendation and so they are not saying anything that is completely new that we must begin to take them seriously.”
His comment comes after the EU Election Observer Mission released their final report on Ghana’s 2020 elections, which has generated considerable interest across the country.
The EU also made 18 recommendation, including, having the Electoral Commission publish on its website detailed polling station results for all elections and the establishment of clear procedures for presiding officers, returning officers and regional collation officers to be stipulated on how to proceed in cases of irregularities during the counting and collation process.
Prof Gyampo said that although Ghana’s democracy may not be as consolidated as that of some of the first world countries, the people have shown signs that democracy is here to stay.
He referenced the BBC article that called the 2020 general elections boring, explaining that the news media did not see people take to the streets to fight and/or kill themselves over their disagreements.
Prof Gyampo added that before Ghana can take the EU observer missions seriously they should also produce a report on the US election results, with comments on all the buffoonery of former US President Donald Trump.