One thousand election-day observers are to be deployed by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) to monitor the District Level Election and National Referendum scheduled to take place on December 17.
The observers, who would be deployed across randomly selected polling stations across the country, are expected to monitor the election process and contribute towards enhancing transparency of the elections.
The Acting Chairperson of CODEO, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, made this known at the launch of its 2019 Election Support Interventions and two-day workshop for civic educators in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday.
According to him, as part of activities scheduled towards ensuring a credible and transparent election process, CODEO has engaged 260 civic, voter, peace educators from each district to undertake community-level engagements with citizens and to explain the essence of the upcoming electoral exercises.
CODEO’s sole objective for civic education activities in the elections will be to boost general voter understanding of issues as well as participation in the elections,” Sheikh Shaibu said.
On December 17, 2019, Ghanaians will vote in a referendum aimed at amending Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution to allow for the election of MMDCEs.
On the same day of the referendum, there will be the election of members of the district assemblies and unit committees. Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ms Josephine Nkrumah, bemoaned the level of apathy during district level elections.
Ms Nkrumah therefore urged the civic educators to work beyond the December 17 election and push to deepen democracy to make it more meaningful to Ghanaians.