Former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa has been assigned to lead the Commonwealth Observer Mission for Ghana’s December 7, 2016 general elections.
Mr Mbeki is expected to arrive in Accra on Tuesday November 29, 2016 and stay for the next two weeks for the elections.
Explaining his decision to accept to lead the observer mission, President Mbeki in a statement said he had accepted the Commonwealth assignment because “all of us have a responsibility to do everything possible to ensure that Africa continues to consolidate and deepen democracy as one of the central pillars in her Renaissance.”
He is expected to return to South Africa on December 13, 2016.
Ghanaians will on December 7, 2016 elect a new President and 275 Members of Parliament.
Six other candidates are contesting incumbent President John Dramani Mahama who is seeking a second four-year term in office.
Others are Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, wife of Former President Jerry John Rawlings, Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Ivor Kobina Greestreet of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC) who is also making his fifth attempt at the Presidency and independent candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY).
A total of 15,683,435 voters are expected to cast their ballot to elect the new President and Parliamentarians.