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CSO participation in peace campaign low- CODEO

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Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has said that Civil Society Organizations’ participation in peace campaign in the run up to the general elections is low.

This was contained in an observations statement signed by CODEO said that “civic and voter education activities were quite low in the observed constituencies. The NCCE and the EC have so far been leading some civic and voter education activities in the constituencies observed, followed by political parties and religious bodies. Very few civic/voter education and other election-related activities (such as peace promotion) by CSOs were noted in the observed constituencies.”

It also said that the two leading political parties, New Patriotic Party an the National Democratic Congress are campaigning earnestly.

“Political and campaigning activities, mainly by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have been in earnest in the observed constituencies. “There was, however, little visibility of campaigning activities by other political parties. At campaign activities, the main policy issues that were raised or discussed particularly by the NPP and the NDC were education, unemployment and the economy.”

CODEO also said in the statement that some campaign activities adhered to the COVID-19 protocols and other did not.

“COVID-19 health and safety protocols were observed at some campaign activities, the protocols were not adhered to in other instances. For instance, at Tikobo No. 1 in the Jomoro constituency in the Western region, some party supporters of the NPP did not wear nose masks neither did they observe social distancing during a health walk through the principal streets of the town. Similar observations were noted during some meetings organized by two other political parties – the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) and the NDC in the same constituency.” the statement further stated.

The statement also mentioned ‘Abuse of Incumbency’ saying “there were a few reports about the use of official public, state-supported or state-organised events for political campaigning. These included the use of public (state or local) vehicles for campaigning activities. For instance, on September 2, 2020, an official vehicle of the Juaboso District Assembly was used to convey some political party supporters on a campaign tour.”

Source: Ghana Waves

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