NPP’s Mac Manu to observe 2017 German election

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Chairman of Democratic Union of Africa Peter Mac Manu

The New Patriotic Party’s Peter Mac Manu will be joining other observer groups to witness the Germany’s elections at Bundestag scheduled for Sunday, 24th September 2017.

A statement from Secretary General of Democratic Union of Africa (DUA) disclosed that the Chairman of the union Peter Mac Manu will join other international observer missions to witness the polls.

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.

The elections will be conducted in all the 299 voting districts across the country. In Germany, voters are only allowed to vote with pen and paper and not with digital voting machines. All counting takes place by hand in the over 70,000 polling in an open space as done in Ghana.

Sections of the letter read “Hon Peter Mac Manu will observe some of the rallies and also have firsthand experience on how the Germans’ conduct their political rallies in recent times. Further, Mr. Mac Manu would have the opportunity to tour some polling stations across some of the 299 voting districts to observe voting conduct in Munich voting district”

The statement added “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”, he expressed hope.

For the first time since World War Two, six parties are expected to enter the Bundestag, including a group of right-wing nationalists. Results of the 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 the government. News