LTOs were deployed in pairs to 17 out of 33 regions on Sunday August 30, 2020 for almost three months in the field. They covered more than 50% of the country: District Abidjan, Sud-Comoé, Agneby-Tiassa, Mé, Iffou, District Yamoussoukro, Gbèkè, Hambol, Haut Sassandra, Goh, Loh-Djiboua Poro, Tchologo, Bagoué, Tonkpi, Cavally, Guémon, San-Pédro, Gboklè and Nawa. They were able to cover all these regions because they were based in one region but visited neighbouring regions.
Once deployed, LTOs produced weekly reports covering the electoral context and operations, incident reports and campaign reports. Reporting was also adapted to include emerging security risks whereby daily flash reports on the security situation were sent to the IEOM core team. A summary of the various reports was incorporated into the weekly reports produced by the core team. Observer reports allowed the core team to receive data directly from the LTOs on the field.
STOs arrived in the country on October 24 and 25, 2020. Twenty-four STOs were deployed, of which 12 were women (50%). Training for STOs and pre-deployment briefings were held in Abidjan on October 26 and 27, 2020. The training covered similar modules to that of the LTOs and included a session on using the EISA Popola data collection system and filling in reporting forms in the field using tablet devices. It was also provided by the core team. STOs commended EISA on the thorough training on using Popola and completing reporting forms. STOs highlighted in their post-deployment feedback forms completed after the debriefing that the Popola system was impressive and efficient.