The Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) has deployed a team of observers led by the former interim president of Liberia’s Government of National Unity, Amos Sawyer, to monitor Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

The 94-member observer mission will ascertain whether the elections are free, transparent and credible. It comprises 80 short-term observers and 14 long-term observers.

The short-term observers, drawn from all ECOWAS member States except for Ghana, and the ECOWAS Parliament, also includes members of the civil society, representatives of electoral commissions in West African nations, ambassadors of Member States accredited to the ECOWAS, and observers from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre.

The 14 long-term observers, who have been deployed in the country since Nov 27, are experts in security, gender, electoral operations, constitutional laws and political affairs.

The observers will be support by a technical team from the ECOWAS Commission. The team will comprise the Commission’s Vice President, Edward Singhatey, and its Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Halima Ahmed.

The ECOWAS Director of Political Affairs, Dr Remi Ajibewa, the Head of its Electoral Assistance Unit, Francis Oke, the Acting Head of the Communications Unit, Liberor Doscof Aho, and other officials of the community are also in the team.

The observers are deployed throughout the nine regions (provinces), to observe and monitor all the pre-election, election and post-election polling operations. The mission is expected to comment on the conduct of the elections based on their observation on the conformity, transparency, fairness and smooth conduct of the legislative and presidential elections.

The Head of the Mission, Amos Sawyer, is expected to make a preliminary statement in Accra on Thursday, a statement issued by the ECOWAS Commission says.