The European Union has given three constitutional bodies in Ghana 5 million Euros to help in the conduct of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
The beneficiary institutions include the Electoral Commission (EC), the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) and the National Media Commission (NMC).
The EU Ambassador to Ghana William Hanna speaking at the launch of the grant Wednesday said the support is an indication of EU’s commitment to the growth of democracy in Ghana.
“Some of our member states are also adding through their by-bilateral programs specific assistance for the electoral process. It is an indication of how much attention we attach to this area of supporting democracy.”
The 5 million Euros grant from the EU comes after similar support by the United States and the United Kingdom towards Ghana’s electoral process.
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei, in a statement at the launch of the grant said the support from the EU will greatly help in the work to be done by the EC and the other bodies ahead of the elections.
“Why that [grant] is important to us is because at the Electoral Commission, we do not own the election. We work very closely with all the other governance institutions, the NMC and the NCCE as well as other stakeholders.
“How strong the NMC is, how strong the NCCE is directly impacts on our work, and how weak they are impacts on our work.
“Because the support is coming from one body and spreads across all three, it also enables us to work together more efficiently and in a more collaborative manner towards the elections,” the chairperson said.