Observation of the Election Environment in 23 Constituencies of 20 Districts in Northern Region
The CSO Platform on Good Governance in Northern region coordinated by NORSAAC undertook election observation in 23 constituencies of 20 districts in Northern Region. The 170 observers and the 5 monitoring teams deployed observed the peaceful election environment with lesser electoral challenges.
The platform applauded the efforts of the Electoral Commission, Security Services, Religious/traditional bodies, Civil Society Organizations, National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) and all relevant stakeholders for their respective contributions that resulted in the peaceful election.
Subsequent preliminary press releases were made with the following major issues;
1. The election was largely devoid of intimidation and violence and provided all registered voters equal opportunities in the process.
2. Electoral materials were largely delivered on time in their right proportions necessary for effective conduct of polls. However, manual verification forms were in shortage in some polling stations.
3. The Elderly, Persons with disability, nursing mothers and pregnant women were given priority treatment in most centers. This certainly is recognition of inclusive governance and recognition of disadvantage groups in the society. However, in a few instances ballot boxes were placed on high platforms, making it inaccessible to the physically disabled.
4. Security officials were present at polling centers in major towns, but were lacking in the districts. Security responded swiftly to distress calls.
5. It was generally observed that, electoral laws were respected and close to 100% of party agents endorsed declaration forms.
In all these, a well-deserved congratulation was send out to the people of the Northern Region for the peaceful conduct of the polls with calls for them to maintain it in their victory and defeat.
Also, the platform admonishes the security agency to maintain surveillance to ensure a continuous peace and stability, while advising the winning parties to celebrate in moderation.