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CODEO: 195 Election Observers Deployed for EC’s Limited Registration Exercise

The observers have been trained to exhibit good conduct and relay accurate reports to their data centres

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has trained and deployed 195 election observers across some selected districts for the Electoral Commission’s limited registration Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise.

This team of observers, comprising 25 Regional Coordinators, 84 stationary observers, and 86 mobile observers, is expected to be deployed across 146 randomly selected districts in the country from May 7 to May 27.

According to a signed statement on May 6, by Kofi Arhin, CODEO’s National Coordinator, the observers have been trained to exhibit good conduct and relay accurate reports to their data centres. He also explained that CODEO’s duty to observe the BVR exercise is enshrined in its objective to promote transparency, public confidence, and trust in the electoral process.

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“CODEO trained all 195 observers to enable them to conduct themselves professionally at the registration centres and send quality reports to CODEO’s data centre. CODEO’s observation of the 2024 BVR is in line with its objective to promote transparency, public confidence, and trust in the electoral process,” the statement said.

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The statement also indicated that CODEO will periodically furnish the public with their observed reports while the exercise is ongoing and cited the donors who are making the exercise possible through support.

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“CODEO will share its observation reports with the public at periodic intervals over the course of the exercise. The observation of the 2024 Biometric Voter Registration exercise is jointly supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) through funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Consortium for Elections and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS) mechanism,” it read.

The statement, while appealing to all eligible voters, especially first-time voters, to swiftly participate in the exercise to allow them to vote in the upcoming general elections, also petitioned the various political parties to duly observe the rules and regulations laid out by each centre.

“CODEO entreats all eligible voters, particularly first-time voters, to take advantage of the exercise to register to enable them to vote in the 2024 general elections. The Coalition appeals to all stakeholders involved in the electoral process, with a special emphasis on political party leaders and supporters, to abide by the rules and stated procedures governing the conduct of the registration exercise,” part of the statement read.

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