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What is CODEO?
CODEO is an acronym for the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers. It is an independent citizens’ election observation group dedicated to the promotion of free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections particularly in Ghana and across other countries in Africa. CODEO is currently made up of 39 secular and faith-based civil society organizations and has impartially observed every election in Ghana since 2000.
When and how was CODEO established?
CODEO was founded on May 29th, 2000 by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana, a policy research think tank) with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) as a confidence-building mechanism to support Ghana’s democratic transition and to promote citizens’ participation in governance.
Where is CODEO located?
CODEO is located at the offices of CDD-Ghana in Accra; No. 95 Nortei Ababio Loop, Airport Residential Area.
Who manages CODEO?
CODEO is managed by a 15 member Advisory Board that is co-chaired by Prof. Miranda Greenstreet, a distinguished stateswoman and academic and Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, an accomplished academic and retired Jurist.
Who are the members of CODEO?
The 39 member organizations that constitute CODEO include the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Muslim Council, National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA), Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Women in Law and Development, Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and many others.
How does CODEO pursue its mission?
CODEO pursues its mission by recruiting, training and deploying its staff to systematically observe elections in Ghana. CODEO also engages in voter education and advocacy for electoral reforms; organizes roundtable discussions, and publications on election-related issues, in addition to networking with similar organizations in other countries.
What activities is CODEO undertaking in support of the 2012 Elections?
- CODEO has already trained and deployed 670 independent observers to observe the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise conducted by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (ECG) as part of its pre-election activities. 50 observers will remain in the field after the BVR exercise to monitor the pre-election environment including campaigning, nomination processes for candidates and other activities of the political parties and other stakeholders.
- On Election Day, CODEO will deploy 4,000 observers to randomly selected polling stations.
- It will also conduct a Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) to independently verify the presidential results
- After the elections CODEO will maintain 25 observers in 25 purposively selected constituencies to monitor the transition and electoral dispute adjudication matters.
Is CODEO funded by the Government of Ghana?
CODEO is funded entirely by Development Partners in Ghana. CODEO’s 2012 activities are presently supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ghana and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID).
Does CODEO work with the Government of Ghana?
Yes, CODEO collaborates with key election stakeholders such as the Electoral Commission of Ghana, the Ghana Police Service, the National Commission on Civic Education, and other relevant ministries and departments of State charged with securing peaceful and credible elections in Ghana.
Does CDD-Ghana work with international aid organizations?
Yes. CODEO has collaborated with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to deploy the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) in Ghana in 2008 for the first time. It has also worked with USAID, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, German Embassy, British High Commission and Open Society for West Africa in the past.