CODEO Deploys Observers for Assin North By-Election

In fulfillment of its mission to engage Ghanaian citizens in the electoral process and to support the Electoral Commission’s commitment to transparent, free, fair, and peaceful elections, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has announced the deployment of 15 observers for the upcoming by-election in the Assin North constituency of the Central Region. The by-election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.

CODEO has strategically assigned 13 observers to 13 polling stations within 12 carefully selected electoral areas. Additionally, two roaming observers will monitor the proceedings on election day, with one stationed at the collation center. Their objective is to closely observe the setup of polling stations, voting and counting procedures, and promptly report any incidents or irregularities they observe throughout the day.

The coalition’s statement highlights that the deployment of observers aligns with CODEO’s mandate to actively involve Ghanaian citizens in the electoral process and complement the efforts of the Electoral Commission in ensuring transparency and peace in elections.

“They will observe the polling station set-up, voting and counting procedures, and also file reports on any incidents they observe throughout the day,” the statement said.

The Assin North by-election became necessary after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Mr. James Gyakye Quayson of the National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections, resulting in the seat being declared vacant. Three candidates will be contesting in the by-election: Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernice Enyonam Sefenu of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), and James Gyakye Quayson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

With the deployment of CODEO’s observers, the by-election will be under scrutiny to ensure a fair and transparent electoral process in the Assin North constituency.

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