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Media and Elections modular workshop in Ukraine

4IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants and with the financial support of USAID and the UK government conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Media and Elections.

AEC hosts BRIDGE workshop at Essendon Fields for ECANZ

img01The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on behalf of the Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand (ECANZ), hosted a four-day BRIDGE workshop – Introduction to Electoral Administration – at the AEC’s training facility at Essendon Fields, Melbourne, Victoria from 15 - 18 October 2018.

Gender and Elections Workshop, SNEC-UNDP and NEC Sierra Leone, 30 July - 3 Aug

img2The SNEC-UNDP and NEC Sierra Leone Launched a BRIDGE workshop- Gender and Elections Workshop, which took place in Freetown from 30th July-2nd August 2018.

IFES provides support to the electoral stakeholders in Kyrgyzstan

img5On September 25-27 IFES Kyrgyzstan with financial support of USAID conducted in Bishkek a BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Management and Strategic Planning for key staff of the CEC and SRS.

Gender and Elections Workshop in Sierra Leone

IMG006The SNEC-UNDP and NEC Sierra Leone launched a BRIDGE workshop, entitled Gender and Elections Workshop, took place in Freetown from 4th -7th September 2018.

Promoting inclusive election observation in Mexico

IMG 4804In the framework of the Support Fund for Electoral Observation, UNDP organized a BRIDGE workshop on election observation in Mexico City, from 28 to 30 May 2018, in collaboration with the National Electoral Institute (INE), the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE) and the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary Branch of the Federation (TEPJF).

ECOWAS and the UN Bring the BRIDGE Gender Equity and Elections Module to West Africa

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ECOWAS and the UN Bring the BRIDGE Gender Equity and Elections Module to West Africa.

Post Election Activities BRIDGE Workshop in Sagana, Kenya 19th-21st September 2018

003The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) held its second 2018 BRIDGE Workshop Series in Sagana, Kenya from the 19th to the 21st of September, 2018.

Media & Elections Workshops in Nigeria

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Intro to Electoral Administration Jinja, Uganda 3-6 July 2018

Uganda Grp PhotoBRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration Module Workshop held in Jinja, Uganda on 03–06 July 2018

BRIDGE Workshop in Mongolia - Gender Perspectives & Youth Participation on Elections & Political Finance, June 2018

Voter and Civic Education BRIDGE Workshop in Ukraine, June 2018

BRIDGE VCE Workshop June 2018 Ukraine Group PhotoIFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative Center for the Training of Elections Process Participants, and with the financial support of UK government and USAID, conducted a BRIDGE modular workshop on Voter and Civic Education V3.

BRIDGE Civic Education Workshop, Moldova May 2018

group photo 1Moldovan librarians to become focal points for civic education

In the framework of the civic education campaign "Get involved!" organized by Center for Continuous Electoral Trainings (CCET) in partnership with Central Electoral Commission of Moldova, more than 70 librarians were trained to became focal points for civic education.

International IDEA hosts TtF in Stockholm, May- June 2018

Group photoFrom May 21 to June 1, 15 participants attended the BRIDGE Train the Facilitator workshop organized by International IDEA in Stockholm, Sweden.

First BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan, Disability and Gender in Elections June 2018

group picFirst ever BRIDGE workshop in Kyrgyzstan: election stakeholders learn about the rights of persons with disabilities and gender aspects of electoral process

Voter Registration BRIDGE Module, Mogadishu, May 2018

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“Training awakened our eyes… it made us think carefully…we learned a lot.” This was how a participant of the three-day BRIDGE workshop on Voter Registration held in May from 14 to 17 2018 in Mogadishu, Somalia, described the workshop.

Access and Participation of persons with disabilties in Electoral Processes, April 2018

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In most countries of the world, accessing electoral processes poses a serious challenge not only to Persons with Disability (PWDs) but other vulnerable groups in the society.

Customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights, Suva, Fiji 17 -19 April

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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), in conjunction with the European Union (EU), and as part of the C3-Fiji Project, conducted a 3-day customised BRIDGE workshop on Electoral Systems and Constitutional Rights for Fiji-based CSOs in Suva, Fiji, on 17 – 19 April 2018.

The C3 (Citizens-Constitution-Consolidation) Project - Fiji, titled ‘Upholding Citizen’s Constitutional Rights for Democratic Consolidation in Fiji’ operates from February 2018 to January 2020 with an outcome of ‘an enhanced capacity of civil society organisations to increase citizen’s understanding of their constitutional rights and to facilitate engagement with government and elected representatives.’

International IDEA has a role to ‘facilitate mutual working relationships amongst these stakeholders and provide knowledge resources on elections and democracy.’ This BRIDGE training workshop was the inaugural event to this end, involving the four project CSO partner organisations – Citizen’s Constitutional Forum (CCF), Dialogue Fiji (DF), Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) and Media Watch group (MWG) - together with other Fiji-based CSOs and CBOs involved in the Project.

The workshop followed the official launch of the C3 Project by the EU Ambassador to Fiji, Mr Julian Wilson, on the morning of Tuesday 17 April at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel. Also officiating at the launch were Ms Leena Rikkila Tamang (Asia and the Pacific Regional Director, IDEA), Mr Adhy Aman (Fiji Country Programme Manager, IDEA), and representing the C3 CSO co-implementers, Mrs Florence Swamy (PCP, Fiji).

The aim of the workshop was to inform and educate participants about the principles of electoral system design and operation and the fundamental precepts of constitutional rights and the rights-based approach. Topics covered from the BRIDGE curriculum included defining electoral systems (Version 3), the underlying principles and different types of electoral systems, the electoral cycle, electoral law (both domestic and international, including international obligations and covenants), access and political rights, electoral observation and electoral complaints, disputes and resolutions. Using BRIDGE methodology, the Fijian situation was examined and discussed for each topic covered, with content customised accordingly.

The workshop was facilitated by Brian Latham (consultant, Australia), Hamidan Bibi (consultant, Fiji) and Ana Mataiciwa (Fijian Elections Office, Fiji).

Evaluation from the 20-25 participants was overall very positive, with all areas covered being well-received in terms of interest, understanding and the BRIDGE methodology. There appeared to be a greater appreciation of the role of the FEO in the full electoral process and an understanding that the FEO has to work within the electoral law. Some miss-held perceptions were also corrected through group discussion and individual responses.

There were numerous requests for further/extended workshops, to be more engaged with the FEO, further educating CSOs particularly on the finer details of the Fijian Electoral system, especially examining the process of transferring votes into seats. There was a general feeling amongst the group that the knowledge learned in the workshop could be successfully translated to other NGO groups and individuals to better inform recipients, to further break down any level of ignorance currently existing.

Caroline Valette (EU) joined the workshop for much of the final day, contributing valuably with her expertise and experience and awarding participants with their BRIDGE Certificate of Completion.

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Election observation BRIDGE Course in Swaziland

IMG 8097The Swaziland Elections Support Network (SESN) under the auspices of the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland (CANGO) is implementing a project titled SUPPORTING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT & EQUALITY IN SWAZILAND (SWEES) supported by the European Union.

Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

Group Harare BESTBRIDGE Media and Elections Module Workshops held in 3 Regions in Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare) 22 February – 04 March 2018 (3 Workshops)

Ukraine conducts workshop on Electoral Technology

PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine

UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute Resolution in Luanda

Luand1a three-day BRIDGE workshop, from 13th to 15th December 2017

Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

para5Promoviendo procesos electorales inclusivos en Paraguay

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