Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) accredited by the Board to observe the election
According to the announcement issued by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia for local civil society organizations interested in observing the election to submit their applications for a permit, it has recognized the following indigenous organizations.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited by the Board to provide civic and voter education
According to Article 124 of Proclamation No. 1162/2019 the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia shall develop a strategy, incorporating the use of various media, to provide citizens with civic and voter education. In addition, the Board can accredit civil society organizations and educational institutions, allowing them to provide civic and voter education, provided that these institutions have a legal body (identity).
Organizations wishing to provide voter education must apply to the Board for approval, and are required to fulfill the requirements set out in Article 125 of the Proclamation No. 1162/2019:
- Must be a legally registered local civil society organization or accredited institution of higher learning;
- Must meet the criteria set out for voters education;
- Must have the capacity to carry out its duties
- Must be non-partisan
The Board must require the organizations and their representatives to sign a Voters Education Code of Conduct before providing them with identification cards that prove their accreditation.
Any local civil society organization that meets the above requirements:-
- Shall fill out the application form prepared for this purpose and submit it to the Board at least six months before the election date.
- Attached to the application form, there must be a detailed plan outlining the amount of budget required to conduct civic and voter education, the time it takes to complete the teaching, the allocation of manpower and the region, city, sub-city, zone, woreda and kebele where the civic and voter education takes place.
- On a form arranged by the NEBE for this purpose, a list of individuals who provide civic and voter education with leadership, teamwork and similar values will be filled in and attached to the organization’s application for accreditation.
In accordance with Article 124 (3) of the Electoral Law, organizations accredited by the NEBE must first receive training on civic and voter education, using documents prepared by the NEBE for this purpose. For further information, see Article 124 and 125 of Proclamation No. 1162/2019 and go to the following link to read a document entitled. 1162/2011Article 124 and 125 of Proclamation No. 1162/2019 “The Process of Voter Education Accreditation, and Guidance on the Code of Conduct No. 04/2012.