CODEO deploys 65 long-term observers ahead of 2020 December polls

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), has trained and deployed 65 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) who will be observing the pre-election environment from September 1, 2020, to December 6, 2020.

This was revealed in a press statement issued by CODEO and signed its National Coordinator, Albert Arhin.

Ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections on December 7, 2020, each observer has been assigned to one of 65 selected constituencies from all 16 regions of the country.

They will be monitoring the constituency level pre-election activities of key election stakeholders including the Electoral Commission (EC), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the security agencies, political parties, traditional and religious leaders, Civil Society, Community-Based Organizations (CSOs/CBOs), and the media.

According to CODEO, these LTOs will be observing campaigning activities of political parties and candidates, civic education activities of relevant stakeholders, political discussions on local media platforms, and the inclusion and participation of marginalized groups in political activities and policy discussions.

Long-Term Observation is a fundamental component of CODEO’s observation efforts as it provides the opportunity to assess the level of preparedness of key stakeholders towards the elections.

It also provides early warning of relevant issues that may undermine the integrity of the polls and provides an opportunity to mitigate such issues through appropriate and timely interventions.

Also, it will keep the public and all stakeholders informed of findings from its pre-election observation through monthly press releases which will be based on weekly observation reports submitted by the LTOs.

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