Mac Manu to observe German 2017 Election

Mr  Mac Manu

Mr Mac Manu

The 2016 Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu who is the Chairman of the Democratic Union of Africa (DUA), is joining other observer groups to witness the Germany’s elections at Bundestag scheduled for Sunday, 24th September 2017.

A statement signed by Charles Owiredu, Secretary General, DUA indicated that he will join other international observer missions to witness the polls.

Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is seeking re-election for the fourth 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.

The German’s electoral architecture is transparent and analog – 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 voting locations and counting is open to the public.

“Mr 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, he 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 said.

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 wins 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,” it added. –

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