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Press release on the outstanding and remaining elections to take place on June 23, 2024

June 22, 2024 CECOE Addis Ababa The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for...

ሰኔ 16 ቀን 2016 ዓ.ም ለሚካሄደው ቀሪ እና ድጋሚ ምርጫ ከኅብረት ለምርጫ የተሰጠ ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ

ሰኔ 15፣ 2016 ዓ.ም ኅብረት ለምርጫ አዲስ አበባ የኢትዮጵያ ሲቪል ማህበራት ደረጅቶች ኅብረት ለምርጫ (ኅብረት ለምርጫ) በቤኒሻንጉል ጉሙዝ፣ በአፋር፣...

CECOE Launches “Civic Education for Better Civic Engagement and Political Participation in Ethiopia” Project

The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE) has initiated a...

Advocacy Success Story: CECOE’s Effort in Improving Voter Education 

The 6th Ethiopian general elections witnessed increased civil society participation in voter...

CECOE conducted Intellectual Dialogues

The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE), in collaboration...

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People Reached With Civic and Voter Education Programs

Success Stories


Notable among these efforts was the Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Election (CECOE), an umbrella organization uniting some 175 CSOs and consortiums from all over Ethiopia. CECOE recruited, trained, and deployed … long-term observers throughout the election process, including voter registration. For the June 21 elections CECEO deployed …. and established a sophisticated national data center.

IRI- NDI Joint 2021 Elections Report

AUEOM notes that CSOs played a crucial role in the June 2021 elections by sensitizing voters and observing the conduct of the electoral process. The Coalition for Ethiopian Civil Society Organisations for Elections (CECOE), which comprises several CSOs, is the most prominent that deployed … observers across the country on election day.




Civic and voter’s education

voter education is crucial in ensuring that citizens are equipped with the necessary knowledge about specific elections, enabling them to participate meaningfully in the voting process. Effective voter education campaigns should be accessible to all electorate constituents equally, and should consider special factors and scenarios to ensure that no one is left behind in the democratic process.

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Advocacy and stakeholder engagement

Advocacy is one of CECOE’s four key thematic areas. The coalition’s advocacy includes influencing decision-makers, media outreach, citizen education, and various forms of civic engagement. To that end, CECOE has undertaken several advocacy and stakeholder engagement activities.

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Election monitoring and observation

CECOE is the first CSO to be invited by the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to observer the Sidama referendum. Equally, it is also the first organization to observe referendum in Ethiopia. CECOE recruited, trained and deployed on November 20,2019 a total of 147 short term observers (STOs) who were drawn from the 9 regions and the two city administrations…

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Research and capacity building

Research and capacity building to various electoral stakeholders including member civil society organizations, political parties, and the media on a wide array of political participation, election related, peacebuilding and democracy thematic areas are among the core mandates of CECOE. CECOE’s capacity building initiatives are geared towards enhancing the participation of citizens in political processes.

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Latest Publications

The Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections (CECOE) is dedicated to upholding democratic values and creating a well-informed, empowered, and responsive Ethiopian society. Through evidence-based analysis and policy recommendations, CECOE strives to promote electoral reform in Ethiopia. We develop policy briefs and commentaries that advocate for a conducive environment for policy, legal, and institutional reform, offering specific recommendations for improving the legal framework for electoral processes. Additionally, we conduct research, assessments, and election observation reports to identify opportunities for enhancing elections in Ethiopia. These resources serve as a blueprint for establishing a more transparent, accountable, and inclusive electoral system, making them invaluable tools for policymakers, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders committed to strengthening Ethiopia’s democratic processes.

Monitoring Report on the Nomination, Selection, and Appointment Process of the New NEBE Chairperson
Monitoring Report on the Nomination, Selection, and Appointment Process of the New NEBE Chairperson
የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ ሰብሳቢ የዕጩዎች ጥቆማ፣ አመራረጥ እና ሹመት ሂደት የክትትል ሪፖርት
የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ ሰብሳቢ የዕጩዎች ጥቆማ፣ አመራረጥ እና ሹመት ሂደት የክትትል ሪፖርት


Recent Episode

CECOE is pleased to present a weekly radio program called ‘Yesua Dimtse’ (meaning ‘her voice’), in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and funded by the European Union (EU). The program airs every Tuesday from 9:10 PM – 9:40 PM on Ethiopian radio. Additionally, you can also tune in to the program online at www. cecoe.org. We highly encourage you to listen to the program and share your feedback with us.”

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Episode 06


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