On 1st December 2012, CCEDU dispatched a team of five observers to the Ghana general elections 2012. The team consisted of four members- two from the secretariat and two from the CCEDU membership. This visit was part of CCEDU's broader objective of monitoring and observing electoral processes in advancing democracies with a view of acquiring best practices in the conduct of national elections.
While in Ghana, the CCEDU contingent met with various indigenous and international civil society groups working on democracy and elections, the Electoral Commission, political party representatives, candidates, opinion leaders, representatives of government bodies such as parliament, judiciary, and local government.
Ghana has stood out as a consistent advancing democracy in Africa. Besides conducting effective voter registration, voter education and candidates' debates, Ghana introduced the biometric voting system; although it registered a few technical glitches, the system further promoted the credibility of the electoral process.
The visit inspired CCEDU's planned efforts around electoral reform advocacy, voter education, organizing candidates' debates, and election observation.
t the invitation of the African Union (AU), the CCEDU Project Coordinator, Crispy Kaheru was part of the AU observer mission that monitored the November 17th, 2012 presidential elections in Sierra Leon. The forty-member AU observer contingent remained in Sierra Leon between 11th and 24th November made an independent, objective and impartial assessment of the presidential elections and released a report of its findings. Based on its observations and assessment, the mission concluded that the 17th November 2012 General Elections in the Republic of Sierra Leone were conducted in a peaceful and credible manner that accorded the people of Sierra Leone the opportunity to express themselves freely at the polls.
Beyond the observation role, Mr. Kaheru participated in the pre-briefing and debriefing of the AU observer mission. Members of the contingent were drawn from Pan African Parliament, electoral management bodies, and election-based civil society groups from across Africa.