Uphold democratic values
to create a well-informed, empowered, responsive Ethiopian society
Facts and Figures
Number of local civil society members
Project Involved In
Observed Elections and Referendums
Total Number of Citizen Observers Mobilized
People Reached With Civic and Voter Education Programs
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.
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.
WHAT WE DO
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.
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.
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…
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.
What is new
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.