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August 3, 2009
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Overview of BRIDGE V2

About BRIDGE In December 1999, a group of prominent electoral experts from around the world met in Canberra, Australia to discuss the potential structure and content of a short capacity-building program for electoral administrators. They were asked to reflect on everything which, with the benefit of hindsight, they wished they had known when starting work on their first election. The knowledge they identified formed the basis for what has become the BRIDGE curriculum. BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections. It is a modular professional development program with a particular focus on electoral processes. BRIDGE represents a unique initiative where five leading organisations in the democracy and governance field have jointly committed to developing, implementing and maintaining the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available, designed to be used as a tool within a broader capacity development framework. The five BRIDGE partners are the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), International IDEA, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division (UNEAD). The Objectives of BRIDGE to promote internationally accepted principles of democracy and good electoral practice enhance the skills and confidence of stakeholders in the electoral process increase the awareness of tools and resources available for the building and maintaining of a sustainable electoral culture develop a support network for stakeholders in electoral processes and encourage a culture of sharing information and experiences  The BRIDGE Curriculum  The BRIDGE curriculum is comprehensive, representing the most ambitious attempt ever undertaken to cover the spectrum of electoral processes and their effective administration. Written by a large international team of experienced democracy professionals associated with the partner organisations, the BRIDGE curriculum includes major sections on stakeholders in the electoral process, coverage of cross cutting issues (such as gender, integrity and access), and in-depth exploration of complex issues relating to credibility, ethics and institutional culture. The BRIDGE curriculum concentrates on the principles underlying all properly run elections, while drawing examples of different practical approaches from many countries. It does not seek to prescribe any one model for implementing those principles, but rather encourages participants to learn from the diverse examples presented. In some of the modules the aim is to develop skills in areas that are important in an electoral administrator’s day-to-day work, with an emphasis on understanding the relationships between tasks in order to meet tight deadlines effectively. In other modules the main focus is exploring structural, ethical or social issues. Each module includes examples of activities, literature, case studies, election materials, websites, and audio-visual aids as workshop resources. It provides access to and draws from resources such as the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network (http://www.aceproject.org). IDEA handbooks and EC (European Commission) /UNDP manuals. It also offers access to regional and global electoral networks. The BRIDGE Methodology The BRIDGE methodology combines participatory adult education techniques with a distinctive Values – based approach. Rather than relying heavily on traditional lecturing, BRIDGE is focused on practical issues and is activity-based, with each module offering a range of activities designed to convey clearly identified Key Understandings, and to achieve specified Learning Outcomes. It reflects the insight that people learn best when they take responsibility for their own learning, and are faced with material that is relevant to them and presented in a memorable and innovative way. The BRIDGE methodology: acknowledges the importance of building local electoral administrative capacity in countries acknowledge and valuing diversity of experiences and operational environments encourages dialogue, sharing of knowledge and participation to identify excellence in electoral administration is supportive, rather than prescriptive, in building individual participants’ skills and expertise encourages participants to be responsible for their own learning encourages local ownership of the curriculum so that client groups eventually have the ability to conduct BRIDGE for themselves The BRIDGE package is flexible and adaptable. BRIDGE programs are developed to meet specific needs and requests internal or external to the partner organisations. This means that BRIDGE programs are extremely diverse, depending on the client, circumstances, timing in the electoral cycle, funding and participant needs, as well as regional and cultural contexts. A carefully constructed customisation process is the key to a successful program. The first and most important requirement is a committed and competent team of BRIDGE facilitators, equipped with the time, resources, and appropriate information about the participants’ needs and expectations. Overview of BRIDGE Version 2 Modules BRIDGE Version 2 comprises of three thematic groups: Electoral Architecture, Working with Electoral Stakeholders and Electoral Operations, and within these thematic groups there are 23 modules, including two Foundation modules. The Foundation modules cover the standards and principles that underpin elections and the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective administration. A new module, Political Financing is currently being developed. BRIDGE as a Capacity Development Tool An election is the largest and most complex logistical operation that a country ever undertakes in peace time. This is often not well understood, and indeed, the better an election is run, the simpler it looks. Committed, ethical, professional and confident people are the key to increasing the prospects of running a good election, in both emerging and more established democracies. Electoral assistance providers recognise that the building of a strong and stable electoral culture in – country is more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. Two of the largest, UNDP and the European Commission, have specifically recommended incorporating an electoral cycle approach and focussing on capacity development in their electoral assistance programming (see Electoral Assistance Manuals from the respective organisations). Ideally, BRIDGE should be one component of an integrated package of broader electoral assistance or of a wider and longer-term capacity development strategy that incorporates other interventions such as technical assistance, operational training, and mentoring. BRIDGE is not a “fix-all”, a ‘stop gap’, and a ‘stand-alone’ product that can meet all needs. BRIDGE can neither deliver a total electoral assistance package nor take complete responsibility for capacity development. Designing and implementing BRIDGE programs as multi-partner initiatives goes a long way to maximising BRIDGE’s institutional development potential. BRIDGE partner organisations are well placed for such cooperation. BRIDGE as a professional development tool primarily affects participants at the individual level. The BRIDGE workshops use an activity-based approach that maximises retention of knowledge and skills learned. In addition, the workshops are designed to promote or reinforce professional confidence, ethics, understanding of principles of best electoral practice, and access to networks of peers. BRIDGE has the potential to trigger change at an organisational level: broader understanding of an organisation, morale, and cohesion within the organisation. Workshops encourage participants to reflect on their better organisation, providing comparative examples and alternative approaches, generating blueprints or support for organisational reform. Implementing BRIDGE Potential Workshop Participants Election commissioners, electoral management body personnel, political parties, parliamentarians,civil society organisations, election observers (international and domestic), members of the media,university students and security forces. Facilitation Teams All BRIDGE facilitators must be fully accredited to run any BRIDGE workshop. An experienced lead facilitator should head the team with at least one other facilitator and administrative support. If running a specialised module (e.g Boundary Delimitation) it is essential that the facilitator selected have content knowledge, or a technical expert join the team. Semi-accredited facilitators can be supervised by a lead facilitator. Time and Cost Implications for Preparing and Implementing BRIDGE   The BRIDGE curriculum of 23 Modules and the content for all supporting handbooks and manuals for facilitators and participants are free and for global good but there are time and cost implications in implementing a workshop or program.   Needs Assessment Mission: a minimum of one BRIDGE expert for one week to consult with the client (e.g the Electoral Management Body and at least one provincial office if possible), development agencies, implementing agencies or assistance providers and other electoral stakeholders (political parties, parliament, civil society organisations, media) in a series of meetings to highlight policy or operational areas which would benefit from training and to decide which type of program would be most relevant and appropriate to each level of personnel. Designing a training program: based on the needs assessment mission a customised program or a series of workshops ranging from a one-off showcase to a long-term national training program should be developed. Customisation is crucial to the success and local ownership of the program. It takes at least two weeks to customise and edit each module. The work should be carried out by an accredited BRIDGE facilitator who knows the language, culture, laws and procedures of the country Region. (Refer to the next page for a suggested program sequence of components).   Translating a module: check with the BRIDGE Office first, to see if there are existing translations in the language of the country or region. Translating takes at least one month per module (average number of words = 8,000 = 400 words a day) and at least two weeks to customise and edit by an accredited BRIDGE facilitator who knows the language, culture, laws and procedures of the country or region. Production: in-country production or shipping costs will need to be built in for folders, certificates and other materials. Pre – workshop preparation: some of the things to check pre-workshop are the availability of facilitators and their travel or visa requirements (also think of a reserve facilitator in case one withdraws at the last minute), a suitable venue with equipment (screen or projector for power point or OHP, poster papers, whiteboards) and refreshments (coffee and lunch), budget for participants and facilitators (travel and per diem). Logistics are easier if participants stay nearby or in the same venue. A team of at least two facilitators should meet in-country at least one week before the workshop to arrange the material, agendas, evaluations and logistics. Timing of workshop: two to ten days with an additional two days travel, adequate pre-workshop preparation time and at least a one day wrap up for consolidating evaluations and reporting to sponsors and the BRIDGE […]
August 3, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers What is the process for becoming a BRIDGE facilitator? Accreditation to become a BRIDGE facilitator involves three steps: Participation in a BRIDGE workshop as a participant. This is to familiarise the candidate with the BRIDGE methodology, and to ensure that they know what being a BRIDGE facilitator involves and whether it is definitely a path they want to follow. Completion of a BRIDGE ‘Train the Facilitator’ workshop. This is a two-week workshop focusing on teaching trainers how to deliver BRIDGE using the BRIDGE methodology. Completion of sufficient supervised facilitation of BRIDGE workshops in the field. What are the requirements to become a BRIDGE facilitator? Candidates for TtFs are usually required to have the following attributes: A background in training Experience in electoral administration Strategic availability – if you are employed by an agency, will they release you to facilitate? I would like to become a BRIDGE facilitator – how do I go about doing this? BRIDGE facilitators are usually identified as part of a greater BRIDGE program, and organisations will look to their own staff or within their networks for potential facilitators. They will be looking for people with the requirements listed above. If you are not connected with an organisation planning a BRIDGE program, you may still be able to attend a TtF workshop. TtF workshops being run by other organisations or regions are often open to external participants. Check the BRIDGE website to see what BRIDGE TtF workshops are coming up and contact the organisers to find out if places are available for external participants. You will usually have to pay your own attendance costs. How do I arrange for BRIDGE to be run in my country or organisation? Once a need for BRIDGE has been identified by an electoral management body, a donor organisation or more than one organisation in partnership with others, contact the BRIDGE Office for relevant information, support and details (projectoffice@bridge-project.org). To run a full BRIDGE program, the most effective sequence to follow may be: Needs assessment and scoping mission – What is needed? Is BRIDGE able to best meet those needs? How can BRIDGE best be used to meet identified objectives? Showcase – familiarise key stakeholders in a country or organisation with the methodology of BRIDGE Conduct at least one workshop – preferably the ‘Introduction to Election Administration’ module Train the Facilitator (if required) – build capacity by training local staff to deliver BRIDGE, and take ownership of BRIDGE in your country or organisation Modules Workshops – conduct a series of customised BRIDGE workshops appropriate for your context and objectives, in a forward-thinking, considered program. Also refer to the Implementation Manual on the BRIDGE website for detailed information on the development and implementation of a BRIDGE program. When should BRIDGE be conducted? BRIDGE has been designed to reflect and support the cyclical nature of electoral processes. A strong BRIDGE program includes consideration of the election cycle (please find the electoral cycle diagram in the Implementation section of the BRIDGE website) and operational capability of an Electoral Management Body (EMB) within that cycle. A BRIDGE program and individual workshops should be designed and conducted in the post election period, based on the findings of a post election review The post-election period is the most appropriate time to implement a capacity development or sustainability plan allowing for a focus on planning and working with core or permanent staff in a way that the operational imperatives of the pre-election period does not permit . A post-election evaluation process can also be used as an opportunity to bring together stakeholders and repair differences by looking forward and seeking to improve the electoral process. I am an individual interested in attending a BRIDGE workshop. How can I arrange this? BRIDGE is designed to be part of a wider capacity building effort in a given country or region – it is not generally run as an open workshop that anyone can apply for. However, having a varied and international participant pool can add benefit to a BRIDGE module – for this reason, many organisations and countries running BRIDGE are happy to include external participants. To see if there are any BRIDGE workshops being run that might be appropriate for you, check the BRIDGE website calendar. Calendar listings should provide details of the implementing organisation, should you wish to contact them to see if they have any spaces available for external participants. You may need to fund your own travel and expenses to attend the workshop. Do I have to pay to attend a workshop? To date, no BRIDGE participant has been asked to pay tuition fees for attending a BRIDGE workshop. However, funding for facilitators, materials, venue and travel is usually met by the host organisation, a donor or more than one organisation in partnership. What are the rules of BRIDGE? BRIDGE is a partnership. This partnership gives strength to BRIDGE, but at the same time it brings with it some obligations for the implementers of BRIDGE. The rules and guidelines of BRIDGE are designed to ensure its integrity as well as continuing to maintain the synergy between the BRIDGE partners and other BRIDGE implementers. BRIDGE implementers must advise the BRIDGE Office, as soon as they can legitimately do so, of forthcoming BRIDGE activities. BRIDGE workshops must be conducted by accredited facilitators. The BRIDGE facilitation process has been designed to ensure that facilitators have an adequate understanding of the BRIDGE content and methodologies. This is to ensure quality of outcomes and consistency of approach in the delivery of BRIDGE training. BRIDGE must acknowledge the BRIDGE partners. Part of the strength and credibility of BRIDGE comes from the partnership, therefore it is important to give due recognition. Copyright of the BRIDGE materials must be respected. In this context, it must be emphasised that the translation of materials does not change the underlying intellectual property rights. BRIDGE partners may arrange translation of BRIDGE materials in consultation with the BRIDGE Office. Other individuals and organisations must obtain permission from the BRIDGE Office before undertaking translations. BRIDGE facilitators and implementers must provide additional activities and resources, translations, evaluations and program reports to the BRIDGE website, via the BRIDGE Office. This ensures that lessons are learnt, and that the curriculum is improved on an ongoing basis. What is the difference between a BRIDGE module workshop and a (TtF) Train the Facilitator workshop? BRIDGE modules are the core of the BRIDGE curriculum. The aim of the modules is professional development in 24 curriculum areas. It is suitable for all stakeholders in the electoral process, from electoral administrators to political contestants, members of the media, academics and others. The TtF is designed specifically to train BRIDGE facilitators. It does not provide electoral training and information. Nominees for a TtF should have a training background, and be prepared to be involved in a broader BRIDGE program which will deliver the BRIDGE modules. Can I see the BRIDGE curriculum? Normally only BRIDGE facilitators and partners have access to the BRIDGE curriculum. However, if you would like to see a sample of the curriculum and you are not a facilitator or BRIDGE partner, please contact the BRIDGE office explaining why you would like to access the curriculum. Who has contributed to BRIDGE? Please see the Acknowledgements page on the BRIDGE website. Can BRIDGE be used as operational training? BRIDGE is not in itself operational training, although the methodology can be applied to operational training. The key to BRIDGE is – how its benefits and outcomes are shown to have direct relevance to the client’s activities which includes a sustainability plan. Can BRIDGE be modified for my country or region? Experience has shown that BRIDGE programs and workshops are most effective when they are carefully customised to the needs of participants; and this is best achieved by developing and delivering them in partnership with local bodies that can contribute to and drive the customisation process. How is BRIDGE be used and modified? BRIDGE is used in various ways: Deliver modules essentially without modifications Shorten or customise versions of modules Combine contents from a number of different modules to develop a workshop to meet specific needs Taken specific activities from modules and incorporated with operational or other training Using the BRIDGE methodology and elements for exercises other than training, such as to facilitate meetings or dialogue, e.g. use elements of the Boundary Delimitation module to reach greater clarity and work towards solutions in a country where delimitation is under review These approaches can be tailored to enable the use of BRIDGE for local, national, regional or mixed international audiences. Specialised workshops can also be developed for particular target audiences, for example, administrators at a particular level of an organisation or specific stakeholders, such as political party functionaries. Are there translations of BRIDGE available? There have already been a number of BRIDGE materials and resources translated and others are in the process of being translated. To view the breakdown of the resources that have been translated, refer to the statistics section of the website. I would like to translate BRIDGE for my country, how can I do it? In many cases, the customisation process not only involves adapting the original materials to the broader electoral support program’s objectives but also translating them into a local language. In doing so, a crucial decision must be taken as to whether materials are translated before or after customisation. You will initially have to complete a ‘Permission to Translate’ form and send it to the BRIDGE Office. This form can be found in the Implementation section of the website. What are the costs of running a BRIDGE workshop? The costs of running a BRIDGE workshop will vary depending on context and location. There is no fee to use the BRIDGE curriculum, but it must be delivered by accredited BRIDGE facilitators, and further expenses will relate to the running of the workshop itself. Possible expenses include: Facilitator fees (including time for customisation and preparation) Facilitator travel (including transport fares, per diem, accommodation, incidentals) Participant costs (including travel, salary) Venue hire (including equipment hire, catering) Resources and materials (including printing and copying, stationery) Sample budgets and costs can be found in the Implementation section (password access only) on the website. Can I take a BRIDGE workshop online? No. BRIDGE is not suitable or available as an online course. The BRIDGE methodology is activity based and highly interactive, and not suitable for online use. Can I register to the website? Anyone can register to the website. If you choose to register you will receive the quarterly publication of the ‘BRIDGE Network Newsletter’ and you will be able to post comments to the forum on the website. How do I get access to the workshop materials? Access to the curriculum is given to facilitators and occasionally to particular people that one of the partner organisations recommends. How often is the curriculum updated? The BRIDGE curriculum files are updated once a year, in September. This regular update process allows the BRIDGE Office to continuously improve the BRIDGE materials. Changes are based on facilitator eedback. Facilitators who are registered on the website are notified of updates by email. Other questions? If you have any other questions that aren’t answered in the above list you can either post them to our forum or contact the BRIDGE office directly using the ‘contact us’ section of the website. […]
February 17, 2008
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Malawi Electoral Commission staff undergo training

Zomba, 11th February 2008 – The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), with support from UNDP Malawi, are training the third group of secretariat staff at Hotel Masongola in Zomba, Malawi from 11th to 15th February 2008.
January 16, 2008

EVP 2007 Photo Gallery Page 3

Please note – To save a photo place the cursor over the selected thumbnail, right click the mouse button and select the ‘Save Target As’ option. To see a larger version of the photo wait until all thumbnails have loaded on the page and left click the mouse button on the image you want to view. When the larger image appears you will be able to scroll through the photos by clicking on the arrow buttons that appear on the upper section of the photo. In this mode you will not be able to save the photos to your computer. […]
January 16, 2008

EVP 2007 Photo Gallery Page 2

Please note – To save a photo place the cursor over the selected thumbnail, right click the mouse button and select the ‘Save Target As’ option. To see a larger version of the photo wait until all thumbnails have loaded on the page and left click the mouse button on the image you want to view. When the larger image appears you will be able to scroll through the photos by clicking on the arrow buttons that appear on the upper section of the photo. In this mode you will not be able to save the photos to your […]
January 16, 2008

EVP 2007 Photo Gallery Page 1

Please note – To save a photo place the cursor over the selected thumbnail, right click the mouse button and select the ‘Save Target As’ option. To see a larger version of the photo wait until all thumbnails have loaded on the page and left click the mouse button on the image you want to view. When the larger image appears you will be able to scroll through the photos by clicking on the arrow buttons that appear on the upper section of the photo. In this mode you will not be able to save the photos to your […]
January 1, 2008

Election Basics Come Alive with BRIDGE

Professional training usually does not involve impromptu soccer matches. But there they were: adult men and women engaging in an unexpectedly brutal game in a hotel conference room in Washington, D.C. Unbeknownst to most of the players, this was no ordinary game.
October 12, 2007

Mec managers hone skills

Article from the The Daily Times - Malawi - 24 september 2007
September 13, 2007
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New BRIDGE Brochure

A new BRIDGE brochure is now available for download.
August 22, 2007

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April 12, 2007
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BRIDGE for PIANZEA Representatives

The Electoral Systems module of BRIDGE will be conducted for representatives attending the fifth PIANZEA (Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network) meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu. This course is funded under AusAID's Pacific Governance Support Program and will commence on April 19 at the close of the PIANZEA meeting.
April 7, 2007
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BRIDGE Partnership Expands to Five Organisations

On March 29th at the GEO event held in Washington DC , IFES and UNDP signed up to be new partners to the BRIDGE Project and join founding partners the Australian Electoral Commission, International IDEA and the UN Electoral Assistance Division.
January 10, 2007

New Comment Feature for the BRIDGE Website

If you are a regular visitor to this site you will most likely have noticed that the 'Forum' area has been replaced with a new feature that allows anyone to simply add their comments to the end of news articles.
December 29, 2006

Together we Sail the Ocean Towards the Land of Justice

We the small brother island countries continuously treasure the virtues in you. You do not only provide written recourses, financial support but visited or invited us to attend round table trainings and discussions (Workshops)
December 20, 2006
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BRIDGE for Returning Officers in PNGEC

Under the PNGEC/AEC Twinning Project, a one-week BRIDGE workshop specifically designed for the PNGEC was conducted three times during 2006. At the request of the PNG Electoral Commissioner the workshop was held for newly appointed Returning Officers.
December 20, 2006

BRIDGE Testimonial

"Elections are the largest and most extensive logistical exercise conducted during peacetime involving almost the entire adult population of a state or nation says Dr Abdalla Hamdok, IDEA Regional Director of Africa and Middle East Programme. Despite the complexity of the task there is no formal university level degree or diploma available for the study of election administration." This is why in 2001 International IDEA, the Australian Electoral Commission and the United Nations developed the BRIDGE training curriculum specifically to meet the needs of election administrators. In fact, BRIDGE is now widely recognized as the most comprehensive training curriculum of its kind in the world.
December 19, 2006
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A TtF for Electoral Adminstrators in Africa

In Pretoria, South Africa, from 20 November to 1 December 2006, International IDEA and the Electoral Commission of South Africa trained election administrators from Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zanzibar.
December 18, 2006
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The First BRIDGE Implementation Workshop

AusAID through their Pacific Governance Support Project funded a recent BRIDGE Implementation Module Workshop in Melbourne, Australia on 11 – 13 December inclusive. The purpose of the workshop was to provide guidance to individuals and organisations responsible for designing and setting up training courses that use material taken from the BRIDGE Project curriculum.
October 29, 2006

How to

The following list are hyperlinks to flash animations that demonstrate how BRIDGE facilitators, implementers and writers can use the features of this website. Please note that these animations are quite large in size and will take a while to download before they commence playing. Register Recover lost pasword Create a news article about a BRIDGE event (1.2MB) Review BRIDGE events Add a BRIDGE event to the calendar (1.4MB) Upload photos Find and download BRIDGE materials in word or PDF format Review where past BRIDGE courses have been conducted Review and download photos of past BRIDGE events Edit BRIDGE course materials Edit your modified materials Approve BRIDGE articles Search BRIDGE facilitator database Search BRIDGE Implementer database Approve or reject user registration application Review past news letters […]
July 22, 2006
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Trainers Learn to Interact

Electoral officers have been encouraged to interact more with people they hold training discussions with as part of a new mode of learning.The Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections trainers course (BRIDGE) is a participatory project that allows everyone to be part of the training, said Elections Officer Ilisapeci Natau.
July 3, 2006
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World First: Combining of BRIDGE and BEAT in Yemen

From 10 to 21 June 2006, a Professional Development Course (PDC) was conducted for 35 upper and middle managers of the Supreme Commission of Elections and Referendums (SCER) secretariat at the Taj Sheba Hotel, Republic of Yemen. IFES and UNDP agreed to form a joint project in collaboration with the SCER Training Unit to develop the PDC based on harmonized elements of both BRIDGE and the IFES Basic Electoral Administrators Training (BEAT).
May 4, 2006

New BRIDGE site

Welcome to the new BRIDGE website.If you are a BRIDGE facilitator, implementer, writer or just someone interested in electoral administration, please register your details to this site. You can access the registration form by clicking on the 'register' link on the right hand bridge panel on the front page of this site. Once you have registered you will be able to be part of the BRIDGE forum discussions, contribute articles to the site and will be automatically recorded on the BRIDGE database that is regularly referred to when selecting individuals for various BRIDGE activities. Importantly, any BRIDGE password and username you were provided for the previous BRIDGE site will no longer work. All users (facilitators, implementers and writers) will have to re-register on the new site to gain access.
April 13, 2006

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