New Regions Creation: CODEO Deploys 50 Observers Ahead of Referendum

Barring any last minute changes to the much-anticipated referendum that will see the creation of six new additional regions in the country, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has deployed 50 of its officers to monitor the process.

The referendum has been scheduled for Thursday December 27, 2018 across the various districts where voting will take place.  

According to CODEO in a statement signed by National Coordinator, Albert Arhin and copied to Ultimatefmonline, this action is line with their objective of “promoting electoral transparency, accountability and credibility towards peaceful outcomes.”

“On the day of the referendum, CODEO observers will visit various polling stations within their assigned districts, paying attention to key electoral processes such as the setting-up and opening of polls, verification and voting processes, close-of-polls and counting processes, as well as results collation.”

The statement further noted that: “Observers will also focus on the conduct of election officials and other stakeholders including, security personnel and voters. To help promote general peace and credibility of electoral outcomes, CODEO is calling on all stakeholders particularly, the Electoral Commission (EC), security agencies, traditional authorities, the media and various campaigners to play their relevant roles towards the success of the process.”

CODEO has however urged the Electoral Commission, the security services and the traditional authorities to all play their part in contributing to a free, fair, credible and uncompromised election outcome.

 “Specifically, CODEO calls on the EC to ensure all arrangements put in place for the exercise are adequate and ensure free, fair and credible election outcomes. CODEO also calls on the security agencies to ensure all voters exercise their right in a peaceful atmosphere.”

“To traditional leaders and the various campaigners on the referendum question, CODEO urges calm and the respect of individual rights and differences. CODEO will subsequently share with the public, its observation findings on the exercise.”

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 general elections campaigned on creating six additional regions if Ghanaians gave them the mandate.

They include North East (Northern Region), Savanna (Northern Region), Ahafo (Brong Ahafo), Bono East (Brong Ahafo), Western North (Western Region) and Oti (Volta Region).

By: Ghana/ Ama Bonsu