Reflection on the Activities and Contributions of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) to the success of Ghana’s 2000 elections: Lessons for other African Countries

Ghana’s 2000 elections marked an important milestone in the country’s political history. It is a monumental step in the consolidation and deepening of Ghana’s democracy. Ghana’s electoral success and the peaceful alternation of political power from one democratically elected to another led by an opposition party have received  praise from home and abroad. And this achievement is seen as a model and source of hope for other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Many explanations have been given for this electoral achievement, but most of them despondently downplayed the crucial role of domestic election observers. This paper emphasises the contribution of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO). The paper strongly recommends that African countries should emulate the good works of CODEO and make domestic election observation one of the central pillars of the democratisation process.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: CODEO, Election Observation, EOM, Ghana 2000 Elections
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