COVID-19 and Ethiopian elections 2021

On 8 June 2021, Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Societies for Elections (CECOE) in collaboration with European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) convened a consultative forum on the theme: Elections during COVID-19: Learning from Voter Registration, Preparing for Election Day. The participants of the forum were comprised of civil societies, media representatives, government agencies and international organizations. The event was kicked-off by an opening speech of Abera H/mariam, CECOE’s acting director. In his opening remarks, the acting director highlighted CECOE’s major activities in the areas of election observation and voter education….

Training for our Media Monitoring Unit (MMU)

A two-day training on quantitative and qualitative media reporting techniques was offered to our Media Monitoring Unit (MMU) with the technical assistance of European Center for Electoral Support (ECES). During election times, Media monitoring can measure the amount of coverage of electoral subjects, the presence or absence of news bias, appropriateness of media access for political competitors and the adequacy of information conveyed to voters through news, direct political messages, public information programming and voter education announcements. Media monitoring can help demonstrate that political competitors and the public at large…

CSOs to play a pivotal role in the upcoming Ethiopian national elections

CSOs to play a pivotal role in the upcoming Ethiopian national elections On 20 May 2021, CECOE and ECES (European Centre for Electoral Support) jointly organized a consultation forum on the theme “CSOs and Elections – Role of CSOs’ in Election-related conflicts”. The event attracted close to 50 participants comprised of CSO members, government representatives and media professionals. The three discussants at the forum were Nigussu Legesse (PhD), Executive Director for Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA; Getachew Zeru (PhD), Assistant Professor at Ethiopian Civil Service university; and…

CECOE has successfully completed regional trainings for its long-term observers

CECOE has successfully completed regional trainings for its long-term observers ahead of its voter registration observation activity. The regional training sessions were designed to give important knowledge, increase professional competence, and foster readiness of observers as well guaranteeing the requirement to be non-partisan is met by all participants recruited from nine regions and two city administrations where voter registration is taking place. All materials and manuals necessary for the voter registration exercise were also shared with observers in four languages during the trainings.

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