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Campaign Issues Fail To Focus On People With Disability, Women - CODEO

> Campaign Issues Fail To Focus On People With Disability, Women - CODEO

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) are worried about the lack of attention to issues on people with disability and women by the various political parties and their presidential aspirants.

“Almost 90 per cent of the time, women were seen actively participating in party rallies and events. However, the campaign messages focused very little on women. In all the places observed, only three out of 10 campaigns gatherings articulated women's welfare issues,” it said.

This was contained in the CEDEO's September report signed by Prof. Mirianda Greenstreet, Co-chair of the CODEO Advisory Board.

The report said the organisation of political campaigns at night coupled with the absence of interpreters worsened the plight of the hearing impaired present at some of the rallies organised.

It also noted that some local chiefs flouted the constitutional injunction on them not to actively participate in political activities. It cited the case of a chief of Agona Nkum Traditional Area who mounted an NDC campaign platform at Agona West Constituency to campaign for Prof. JEA Mills, and NDC parliamentary aspirants.

The report mentioned the Chief of Ainyinaso who also implored his subjects to vote for the NPP presidential aspirant during an NPP rally at Sekyeredumase.

On political tolerance, the report gave an example of the District Chief Executive of Mfantsiman leading a team of policemen to lock up the kiosk of an NPP activist in Saltpond for defecting to the NDC on the eve of the arrival of the NDC flag bearer in the district.

It said NPP supporters were also seen destroying posters of their opponents on their return from a party rally at Abbey Park in Ashanti New Town in the Ashanti Region.

The report noted that there were exchanges of insults, targeted at soiling the personal integrity of presidential aspirants of both the NDC and the NPP between supporters of the NDC and the NPP in Ayawaso West, Ayawaso Central, Ablekuma Central and Odododiodoo.

It reported an improvement of security and security presence at the campaigns of all the presidential aspirants.

On the photo-taking exercise by the Electoral Commission to mop up the limited registration exercise, the report certified the exercise as overly successful, however it was characterised by inadequate publicity, which left many prospective voters in a dilemma as to when and where the exercise was to take place.

It noted that civic and voter education improved with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) organising a series of fora in various parts of the country.


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