20 November 2012

Sierra Leone: Codeo to Re-Strategize Observation Duties

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), has indicated that though its election observation duties will be greatly hampered by directives in the C.I 72, it has put in place new strategies to carry out its monitoring duties effectively.

The Coalition insists the new strategy will ensure that the 4000 observers it operates with are also not disenfranchised.

The E.C. announced at a media briefing that per the provisions of the C.I 72, it could not allow members of CODEO and the media to participate in the special voting exercise.

A member of CODEO's Advisory Board, Sheik Ameyaw Shaibu told Citi News, "it presents a new challenge that will affect the way we should do our work so what we are going to do is to re-strategize. Our observers would not be disenfranchised except that their work will be affected a bit," he said.

Mr. Shaibu noted, "What we want to consider is to see whether our observers will be positioned such that they will be able to do their observation duties and still be able to vote".

"We have observers called Roving Observers, who will not be affected so much but for those who are stationary, we want to make sure that they get to polling stations that are closer to where they are so as they observe, they can also vote," he added.

Source: citifmonline.com

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