Public apathy towards upcoming local elections high – CODEO

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has released its first pre-election environment observation report on the upcoming 2015 district assembly and unit committee elections indicating that there is high public apathy towards the elections.

It also said civil society and community-based organizations organised “very few activities in support of the local government elections”.

The coalition’s report dubbed: “Enhancing Citizen Participation in the Up-coming Local Government Elections: Deepening Ghana’s Decentralization Process,” was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Saturday.

According to CODEO the Electoral Commission has begun recruiting temporary staff while the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is on sensitisation campaign.

“The NCCE has also been promoting the participation of women, Persons with Disabilities and the youth in politics.”

CODEO added that aspiring candidates for the elections have started campaigning for votes even before they officially become candidates

In October, CODEO deployed 86 long-term pre-election observers to 86 selected districts throughout the country to observe and report on the general electoral environment and activities of stakeholders ahead of the elections.

The report, which captures observations made in October and November, is based on bi-weekly reports filed by the Coalition’s pre-election observers from all the 86 selected project districts. GNA

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