Coalition of CSOs to Deploy 4,000 Election Observers

ADDIS ABABA – The Coalition of Ethiopian Civic Society Organizations for Election (CECOE) revealed plans to deploy 4,000 observers for the 6th General Election that will take place on Monday.

Board member of the CECOE, Sahleselasse Abebe told reporters on Friday that the coalition would deploy citizen observers who will ensure the transparency and credibility of the election.

The 4,000 observers have already been trained before their deployment to monitor the process on the Election Day.

Their mission will be to collect and provide independent and non-partisan information for citizens, candidates, and various government and non institutions so that they can make informed judgments on the quality of the election, he elaborated.

Sahleselasse said the observers will employ standardized checklists to gather consistent information on the quality of the process in the polling stations where elections will take place on Monday.

The deployment of observers is expected to be proportional to the total number of polling stations per region or administrative city.
This will allow the coalition to provide information that accurately reflects the overall experience of voters, Sahleselasse said.

Additionally, the CECOE will also deploy upto 2,000 stationary observers to regions and city administrations on the Election Day.

They will report their findings at the designated time using short message services technology to the CECOE National Data Center in Addis Ababa on the election day, Sahleselasse said.

More than 37 million Ethiopians are expected to cast their votes during the 6th General Election, which will take place on Monday.

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