lesson learned NEBE

The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE) successfully observed the referendum that was held on 6 February 2023 in the six zones and five special woredas of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR). In a bid to systematically observe the referendum, the CECOE recruited, trained and deployed 434 stationary and 76 mobile observers. The stationary observers were present to observe all the election processes at their assigned polling stations until the results were announced while the mobile observers were visiting a number of polling stations…

lesson learned NEBE

On the 13th of December 2022, the Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE) conducted a one day training of for trainers (ToT) for trainers who will train referendum observers. The training is part of CECOE’s preparation to observe the referendum in the South Nation, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) slated for February 2022. The 15 trainees drawn from different zones of the SNNPR regional state and CECOE’s staff will cascade the knowledge they acquired to more than 1,300 observers through training scheduled to be held in Wolaita Sodo, Araba minch, Jinka and Dila towns.

lesson learned NEBE

On 6 October 2022, CECOE organized a national Dialogue Session on Citizenship and Ethnic/National Identity in Ethiopia. The main objective of the session was aimed at creating a platform for discussion among different actors where genuine dialogue between competing views on Ethiopian citizenship and ethnic identity can take place. The dialogue was opened by CECOE’s Executive director, Abera Hailemariam, who welcomed everyone and went on to describe the coalition’s aim to promote democratic culture.

lesson learned NEBE

On 25 August 2022, CECOE, in partnership with NDI and Redeem the generation, held a workshop themed: The role of civil society organization and citizen participation in national dialogue- in Adama city. The objective of the workshop was to discuss possible CSOs and citizen intervention in national dialogue and gather input from participants.

lesson learned NEBE

The Second Ethiopian CSO week was held on 30 June – 2 July ,2022 under the theme “Proactive CSOs for Peace, Democracy and Development”. At the event, more than 85 CSOs showcased their products, reports, research documents, projects and public relation materials. Furthermore, there were four sideline panel discussions whereby key stakeholders deliberate on various topics i.e.,: localization of aid; gender; role of CSOs in peacebuilding and the enactment of new CSOs proclamation.

lesson learned NEBE

On March 10, 2022, CECOE in partnership with NDI organized a one-day consultative forum on “The Role of CSOs in National Dialogue”. The objective of the forum was to raise the awareness of CSO actors on National Dialogue and actively engage them in the process. The forum was moderated by Biniam Abate, CECOE program manager. Speakers at the forum included Dr. Henock Seyoum, and Abera Hailemarim, CEOCE’s Executive Director. In his presentation, Dr Henock elucidated over the need for a national dialogue and procedures passed before the passing…

lesson learned NEBE

On 10 February 2021, a bilateral consultative meeting was held between CECOE’s and NEBE’s representatives pulled from different regional offices of the NEBE. The meeting was held under the theme “Elections 2021: Lessons learned”. In his opening remarks, CECOE’s acting director, Abera Hailemariam, highlighted on major activities of the coalition in the areas of: election observation, voter education and election media monitoring. Following the director’s remark, three different presentations were made

CECOE, NEBE hold bilateral consultative meeting on – “Elections 2021: Lessons learned”
lesson learned NEBE

CECOE held three consecutive validation workshops on April 5, 7 and 8, 2022 on assessments it conducted on Voter Education, NEBE’s directives and CECOE’s comprehensive citizens election observation project. Nearly 150 participants who came from different parts of the country attended the workshops. The purposes of the workshops were to share CECOE’s assessments findings with the participants and receive their comments. This workshop was held on April 5,2022 and was attended by university lecturers pulled from different law schools across the country. The general objective of this assessment was to identify the normative and challenges related to domestic election observation in Ethiopia with specific emphasis on assessing the National Electoral board of Ethiopia- NEBE’s directive on Local Election Observers’ Accreditation, Working Procedure, Code of Conduct and Voter education.

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CECOE is a coalition of 176 Ethiopian CSOs working in the area of elections, human rights and democracy. The Coalition is registered and licensed under the Ethiopian civil society organization proclamation 1113/2019. Since its establishment, CECOE has observed the 6th general Ethiopian elections, the Sidama and South West Ethiopia Peoples’ Region referendums. Furthermore, the Coalition has been engaged in various advocacy and civic education activities. The IVote digital voter education campaign  which reached several million Ethiopians and  an advocacy campaign to reform the electoral legal regime come at the forefront in this regard. In its all engagements CECOE gives priorities to…


Uphold democratic values to create a well-informed, empowered, responsive Ethiopian society.


To engage in voters’ and civic education, election monitoring and election observations through the
coordination of Ethiopian civil society organizations to promote free, fair, peaceful, and transparent


The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE) is committed to fulfilling its
mandate and to carry out its activities by adhering to the following values

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