Michael Miller

August 18, 2021

ECOWAS and partners organise BRIDGE training on Boundary Delimitation for West African election officials

A 5-day BRIDGE training on the Module: Boundary Delimitation, was conducted from July 26 to 30, 2021 in Lomé, Togo. The event was a collaboration between the ECOWAS Commission, The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the European Union. The beneficiaries of the training were 22 officials from 12 national Election Management Bodies and 8 election related institutions in West Africa. The training was conducted in English and French (with simultaneous interpretation) as well as in Portuguese. The BRIDGE training on Boundary Delimitation has come at a moment where in many countries in West Africa, the question of electoral boundaries is the subject of much controversy. Many more electoral disputes in the sub-region have their sources in the nature electoral boundaries are delineated. The objective for the training was, among others, to introduce participants to the main principles and criteria for a good boundary delimitation exercise. The training was also to build on practical experiences while encouraging participants to evaluate electoral boundaries drawn in their various countries and how that can potentially be improved and sustained, taking into consideration their own context. Some lessons learned from this multi-lingual BRIDGE workshop is that, it is very helpful to create groups where some participants are bi-lingual. Interpreters were also given handouts on topics ahead of the sessions to guide and help them to be prepared. Due to the COVID pandemic, all participants had a PCR test and part of the code of conduct for the training was to have a nose-mask on at all times. Sanction instituted is to have one’s mobile phone seized for a session. The training was facilitated by Theophilus Dowetin, Euloge Aidasso, Barou Luther and Aderemi Ajibewa, (who satisfied the required for his full BRIDGE accreditation at the end of the workshop). By Theo. […]
April 15, 2021

Online Gender Equality and Elections BRIDGE workshop, LAS, UAE – April 2021

The League of Arab States in partnership with the UNDP implemented a five-day BRIDGE workshop on “Gender equality and Elections”. The workshop was virtually conducted on April 4-8, 2021. Eighteen participants participated in the workshop.  Fourteen from the LAS staff in addition to four participants from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (The UAE EMB). Fourteen of them were women. The facilitation team comprised five BRIDGE facilitators who participated in the preparation and delivery of this workshop, one of them was a TtF complete facilitator and three were women. By the end of the workshop, the TtF complete facilitator obtained her accreditation as BRIDGE workshop facilitator. The workshop aimed at raising awareness regarding the importance of women’s participation in elections, increasing knowledge regarding women’s role at the different phases of the Electoral cycle as well as identifying the challenges women face during elections. It also explored strategies to increase women’s presence in political life, tackled the issue of Electoral Observation from a Gender perspective, identified gender international obligations for elections, analyzed different electoral systems and their effect on women’s representation. By the end of the workshop, most of the participants recommended to have more BRIDGE trainings in the future, as it contributes effectively to building their capacities as EMB’s staff and election observers and it increases their knowledge regarding the different aspects of the electoral process. Ahmed Amin […]
September 17, 2012

BRIDGE Voter Information, Civic Education and Election Study Program

The BRIDGE Voter Information, Civic Education and Election Study Program held in Darwin


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