A preliminary report by the European Union Election Observation Mission Ghana 2020 (EU EOM) has said the media – both state-owned and private – were polarised in their coverage of Ghana’s just-ended general elections.
“The media reported freely on the elections in a polarised environment”, the findings presented by EU EOM Chief Observer Javier Nart in the preliminary statement on 9 December said.
It reflects “the observations of EU observers only up to the collation of results”.
The team said “a comprehensive report with recommendations will be published in about 2 months”.
It noted that: “State-owned GTV favoured the NPP in its election-related coverage”.
“Furthermore, the ruling party and its presidential candidate benefited from extensive additional coverage on GTV, Uniiq FM and in the Daily Graphic through news and live broadcasts of government inaugurations”.
Additionally, it said: “Various private media analysed by the EU EOM showed biased coverage in favour of the NPP (UTV, The Chronicle, Daily Guide) or the NDC (Adom FM and Joy FM)”.
Read the full preliminary report below:
Well-conducted elections but misuse of state resources and unregulated campaign finance persist
The 2020 elections were organised in an efficient and transparent manner, and voters participated freely. The elections were competitive, and contestants could campaign without hindrance.
A few isolated violent incidents occurred, and numerous stakeholders expressed deep apprehensions about the possible use of vigilante groups by political parties.
Unregulated political finance, misuse of state resources and numerous instances of vote-buying resulted in an unlevel playing field. Ghana’s vibrant and diverse media sector provided voters with sufficient information on both major competing parties and their candidates.
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