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.