Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the just ended 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Peter Mac Manu, will be joining the International Democratic Union (IDU) observer mission to witness Germany’s elections.
The elections to the Bundestag are scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking re-election for the 4th time leading the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the CSU in a coalition with Martin Schulz of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) as her main opponent.
Other parties include the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the left’s Alternative for German (AfD) which is led by Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch.
The elections are taking place in all the 299 voting districts across the country.
German’s electoral architecture is transparent and analog where voters are only allowed to vote with pen and paper and not with digital voting machines. All counting takes place by hand in the 70,000 or so voting locations and counting is open to the public.
Mac Manu will observe some of the rallies and also have firsthand experience on how the Germans’ conduct their political rallies in recent times.
He would further have the opportunity to tour some polling stations across some of the 299 voting districts to observe voting conduct in Munich voting district.
Final results of the German elections are expected to be announced by midnight of Sunday, 24th September 2017.
The party or the coalition bloc that win the most seats in the Bundestag will have the mandate to form government.
It is our hope that lessons learnt from the observation will help shape and increase our understanding of campaigning, electoral processes and benefit Ghana’s electoral reforms.