IDEG, Other CSOs worried over dwindling donor support … Says It will affect monitoring of elections 2020

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) groups say they may not be able to adequately monitor the 2020 general elections scheduled to take place on 7th December. 2020.

The CSOs in turns openly stated that they do not have the financial muscles to engage enough observers to monitor the 2020 general elections to ensure that the process is free, fair, transparent and peaceful.

The CSOs attribute this to the lack of funds as a result of dwindling donor support.

Speaking at a forum organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on themed: “Civil Society Organizations and Democratic Elections: the 2020 Elections in Focus” held on Thursday, October, 15, 2020 at Alisa Hotel in Accra, the Director of Programs at Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr.  Kwesi Jonah attributed their financial woes partly on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Jonah, however, assured that some CSOs like his outfit will do their best despite the challenges to send observers to some polling centers to observe the electoral process.

“For the first time we are late in setting up our situation rooms but we are still going to set up situation rooms in 10 out of the 16 regions, but we are going to set it up very late.”

“Ideally, we set up the situation rooms about three months to the election to follow up on the campaign. This time around, I think we are going to set it up late,” he admitted.

As an example, Mr. Jonah said orientation for contributors to the situation rooms was yet to start with elections less than two months away and also reduce the number of observers we send out to the fields during elections.

“If you ask me the reason, it is very simple; the Kudi (money) is not there.” He reiterated.

Other CSOs representatives at the forum collaborated with the open admission of lack of finances by the Director of Programs at IDEG.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has  stressed the need for CSOs to step up advocacy to eliminate fear and calm tensions in the country ahead of the general election in December.

He warned of the tendency of elections to destabilise the country, hence the need for better voter education.

“Your advocacy must also go to eliminate violence and diminish the fear and panic that is about saturating the system,” Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com

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