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The project dubbed “Mini – Max Campaign 2016” sought to minimize rejected votes and maximize voter turnout with special focus on Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs), the aged, women, youth, Persons living with AIDS and those living in remote areas. Social exclusion has been a major challenge as such vulnerable groups do not receive significant attention during decision making. Strong democracy can only be achieved when we have all and sundry taking part in the decision making process. Low voter turnout affected the 2012 general election in the Upper East region. Through the support of STAR-Ghana with funding from UKAID, DANIDA and EU, TEERE an NGO in the Upper East Region, implemented a voter education campaign in Bolgatanga and Bongo Districts. The voter education campaign employed various strategies to reach out to the citizenry including door to door sensitisation, community forums (using the local language) radio discussions and announcements. Many communities, social groups and other citizen groups had made up their minds not to vote in the 2016 general election due to underdevelopment and community neglect. The intervention of the TEERE-STAR-Ghana made significant gains in making these citizens change their minds.

The inclusion of Persons living with Disabilities as temporal electoral commission officials

The door to door campaign brought us face to face with the citizens especially the marginalized who expressed their dissatisfaction and frustrations about discrimination against them especially the Electoral Commission. Among other concerns raised were long queues without preferential treatment, unavailability of tactile jackets for the visually impaired as witnessed in 2016 districts assembly election and the worst one was when the EC selected and trained some PWDs as temporal election officials only to drop them on the day of 2012 general election.

Following the concerns raised and as part of our voter education, TEERE organized a forum with Ghana Society of Persons with Disability (GSPD) in the Upper East Region hosting the regional director of Electoral commission Mr. Arthur Yeboah. TEERE employed a sign language interpreter so that all could be involved. The forum that was organized on 25th June, 2016 was a rare platform for Persons Living with Disabilities to voice out their concerns for redress. Mr. Arthur Yeboah took time to throw more light on the importance of their votes and dos and don’ts pertaining to the upcoming election. Mr. Arthur Yeboah also assured the visually impaired about the provision of tactile jacket on Election Day. Furthermore, Mr. Arthur Yeboah indicated that any person living with disabilities selected and trained will be used on the Election Day.

Monitoring the electioneering process, we observed that two females and one male living with disabilities were selected, trained and used by EC as temporal officials in election 2016. Tactile jackets were provided in the polling stations visited. The aged, PWDs, pregnant women and students seen in uniforms were allowed to bypass the long queues to cast their votes.

Registered voters and voter turnout increased

There was nationwide voter apathy as the electorates were fed up with ‘promise and fail’ politicians. The nationwide voter turnout was 68.62%, the story was however different in TEERE’s project implementation areas of ‘Mini – Max Campaign 2016’ - Bolgatanga and Bongo districts. This is as a result of field officers intensifying voter education to secondary schools, at youth meetings and community gatherings. This was to underscore the importance of their votes making a difference and strengthening democracy. The voter campaign sought to encourage those who had turned eighteen (18) years and above to get registered and also come out to vote during the 2016 general election. The door to door visits and interactions with the electorates in the local language made them feel cherished. They understood and appreciated their civic and democratic right to vote and most of them turned out to polling stations on the voting day. The electorates were also sensitized to assist the aged, the disabled and people in the remote areas to go to polling stations to cast their vote

The table below indicates the statistics of registered voters and voter turnout;


TEERE’s Organizational capacity building and networking

TEERE as a young organization has seen tremendous growth through the support of the STAR-Ghana and the implementation of the “Mini –Max Campaign 2016” project. The visits of the STAR-Ghana team for due diligence promted us as an organization to work on our weaknesses even before the project took off. The periodic visits by the Monitoring and Evaluation team of STAR-Ghana helped TEERE to review its project tracking system and to improve on our systems in general. The team also had a one day capacity training to further strengthen the monitoring and evaluation unit of TEERE. The recommendations by the STAR-Ghana financial team have helped strengthen TEERE’s internal control system. The learning events organized by STAR-Ghana presented a platform for TEERE to interact with the STAR-Ghana team, other Grant Partners and resource persons to share experiences and best practices. We also learned so much from the partnership with SILDEP, the lead partner. In the space of nine months, TEERE has become a strong and well known organization not only in the Upper East but in Ghana as a whole. The survival of any organization is anchored in its network. Through the implementation of the “Mini –Max Campaign 2016” project, TEERE has established a strong network with the various stakeholders involved in the project.

In short, implementing the project with STAR-Ghana (with its funders and grantees) has given TEERE a good track record and enhanced the organization’s profile.

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TEERE started initially as a non-registered community mobilization organization. It provided remedial education, counseled youth on educational opportunities and facilitated the admission of many others. Starting 2011, it has been working with low-income...

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