Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ghana: Commonwealth to Observe Run-Off Election

A Group of observers from the Commonwealth will be in Ghana for the Presidential run-off election scheduled for 28 December 2008.

This follows the polls on 7 December 2008, at which none of the Presidential candidates obtained more than fifty per cent of the total number of valid votes cast as required by the Constitution.

The Group, led by Baroness Valerie Amos, former leader of the House of Lords in the UK and former Minister for Africa also observed the first round of the poll.

"We will observe the electoral environment and process for Presidential run-off, continuing our work from the first round of elections," said Baroness Amos.

Baroness Amos said that the Group hoped that the overall spirit of peace and calm in which the first round of voting was conducted would be carried through before, during and after the 28 December 2008 poll.

In its interim statement issued on 9 December after the 7 December polls, the Commonwealth Observer Group said that the process had been conducted in a credible manner.

She said the world and the Commonwealth looked to Ghana to conclude the election process in a manner that will meet the expectations of its own people, and provide a good example to the region and the Commonwealth as a whole.

Commonwealth News and Information Service (London)

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