IDEG to setup 16 situation rooms to monitor 2020 elections

Politics of Saturday, 17 October 2020

Source: GNA

2020-10-17

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The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) in partnership with the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) and other civil society organisations, will set up 16 Election Situation Rooms (ESRs) nationwide to monitor the December 7 general elections.

The ESRs, which would be launched in November, would focus on data regarding the voting processes, voter turnouts, results from polling stations and collation centres, as well as other incidents that may occur at the various polling centres.

It would serve as observatories, conflict mediation platforms, hubs for all information on elections, and as coordinating centres for field observation of the elections by civic society.

The workshop, which was organized by the IDEG in partnership with CFI with the support of the Embassy of Denmark in Accra, was attended by more than 40 participants drawn from across the country.

Mr Kwesi Jonah, Research Fellow, IDEG, speaking at a day’s Orientation Workshop for the Reactivation of Civil Society Election Situation Rooms (CSESR), said the workshop sought to equip and prepare Coordinators of the CSESRs for effective operations of the situation rooms for the 2020 general election.

Mr Jonah said the Institute would be appreciating former CSESR Coordinators, who had distinguished themselves in the discharge of the duties.

Mr Ewald Garr, Research Fellow and Programmes Manager, IDEG, said the Institute Elections project would contribute to creating a conducive environment for peaceful elections with credible outcomes.

Major General Nii Carl Coleman (Rtd), Chairman, CFI, who chaired the function, said IDEG and CFI introduced the concept of CSESR as a hub for the collection, collation and processing of field data as well as coordination of elections activities and personnel.

He noted that the CSESR was geared towards sustaining credible elections and peace by promoting citizens’ participation in the management of the electoral process.

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