CODEO Launches "Ghana Election 2012" Project
The Coalition will also monitor the biometric voter registration exercise set to take-off later this month. In this direction, the Coalition has already trained and deployed 50 Regional Coordinators who would constitute the nucleus of the Coalition’s activities in the regions.
Justice VCRAC Crabbe, Co-Chair of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) announced this at the launch of the Coalition’s “Ghana Election 2012 Project” earlier today at the Teacher’s Hall in Accra.
Justice Crabbe, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, and a former Chairman of the Electoral Commission, said between March 24th to May 7th, CODEO will deploy 650 field observers to scientifically sampled polling stations across the country.
“Already, CODEO, with the technical assistance of CDD-Ghana, has developed a biometric voter registration checklist, prepared a training manual and sampled the 650 polling stations that will be monitored.
“From the data that will be gathered from the BVR observation, CODEO will produce two baseline reports that will form the basis for other interventions and future advocacy activities. These reports would also be shared with the media and the Ghanaian public,” he said.
Justice Crabbe said CODEO will undertake the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) method of observing elections, complemented by the traditional observation on election day.
“For these activities, the Coalition will recruit, train and deploy 4,000 observers including 1,200 Rapid Response Observers. Whereas the regular observers will provide general reports on the elections at their polling stations, the Rapid Response Observers will, in addition to their regular monitoring duties, use sms technology to transmit results from their polling stations to the CODEO Information Center to feed our parallel vote tabulation database. This parallel tabulation exercise, which was sufficiently tested in 2008, would equip CODEO with adequate information to confidently verify the 2012 presidential results”, he said.
The Coalition also used the occasion to honor individuals and corporate institutions who have served CODEO over the years.
CODEO, made up of 36 secular and faith-based civil society organizations, has independently and impartially observed every election in Ghana since 2000. The Coalition is dedicated to promoting free, fair and transparent elections through non-partisan election observation. The “Ghana Election 2012 Project” is funded by the American people through USAID Ghana.