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The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan conducted the BRIDGE Introduction to Election Administration training program from 31 March-4 April 2012 at IEC head quarter in Kabul which was financially supported by UNDP Elect in Afghanistan.

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan conducted the BRIDGE Introduction to Election Administration training program from 31 March-4 April 2012 at IEC head quarter in Kabul which was financially supported by UNDP Elect in Afghanistan.

The IEC has developed a comprehensive capacity building plan for 3 next years to build the capacity of IEC staff in different administration, management and electoral aspects. Different training programs are planned for 2012, based on previous experiences on using BRIDGE curriculum in Afghanistan the IEC has decided to continue on using the BRIDGE curriculum for increasing the electoral knowledge of IEC staff and there for different BRIDGE modules are included in our capacity building plan for 2012. The following BRIDGE training will be conducted in 2012 for IEC different staff whom already categorized based on their requirements.

• Introduction to Electoral Administration

• Electoral systems

• Civic Education

• Voter Registration

• Electoral dispute resolution

• Access to electoral process

The Introduction to electoral administration training program was organized for IEC provincial admin/finance officers, there were attended in total 34 participants from 32 provinces and 2 IEC HQ staff.

The program was facilitated by Shahla Haque (Accredited facilitator), Mr.Ezatullah Arman, Mr.Abdul Basir Aziz and Samiullah Pashtadwal (Semi accredited facilitators).

Most of those staff were recruited newly in 2-3 last year’s which IEC was busy with 2009 and 2010 election operations and there was not any opportunity for our admin finance staff to attend in any BRIDGE training programs in past , so based on requirements and familiarization of them with BRIDGE programs the Introduction to Election Administration training has planned for them and organized based on our scheduled timeline.

This programs was exciting and different than other programs which the participants were attending for the first time in BRIDGE programs , it was seemed that they are familiar with different training methods , they were actively participated in all different activities and each one wanted to have presentation for others with using different methods , they were not felling bore even at the lunch time and there were interested to learn more and more , their participation in group activities , discussions , role plays were very exciting for facilitators .They tried to focus and link any activity or role play or discussion with the current situation of our country and EMB .

The most enjoyable topics were firstly electoral system for them which a complete day was allocated for it , it was the first time that the electoral systems were introduced for them , electoral families , simulation on systems and comparison of the systems was much interesting for them, other topics like ; why have election , criteria for free and fair election , kind of EMBs , their responsibilities ,voter information and civic education and the electoral cycle were enjoyable too.

The daily evaluation and individually feedbacks were shown that Participants were satisfied with all BRIDGE methodologies and facilitators presentations.

At the end participants thanked from IEC and UNDP for organizing the training for them, they have suggested to organize more BRIDGE training programs for them in future especially the electoral system module.

The training program finished on 4 April by speech of Abdullah Ahmadzai the Chief Electoral Officer, he spook about the importance of electoral knowledge for election officials and encouraged them to use the received knowledge in their practical work and asked them to share their knowledge with their other colleagues. Participants were distributed the certificates by CEO and facilitators.

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