BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration Module Workshop held in Jinja, Uganda on 03–06 July 2018 The Electoral Commission of Uganda – EC organised a BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration course on 03–06 July 2018 at the Source of the Nile Hotel in Jinja, Uganda. This is only one of the many approaches that the Commission employs for the purpose of strengthening the Electoral Management Body by developing the capacity of staff members for effective management of all Electoral processes and administrative activities. The BRIDGE course is one in a series of capacity development workshops that are planned and executed by the Commission as part of the training strategy to ensuring that the staff members of the Electoral Commission have the necessary skills and expertise to develop and implement strategies that will ensure that the mandate of administering free and fair elections is carried out efficiently. Returning officers who are permanently employed by the Commission attended the workshop. They were selected from the different regional offices throughout Uganda. The workshop was fully funded by the Electoral Commission of Uganda. The program covered the following topics: Elections in Global Context, Legal Framework and Reforms, Electoral Systems, Types of EMBs, Guiding Principles, Civic Education & Voter Information, Access to Electoral Processes, Strategic Planning, The Electoral Cycle and Project Management, Voter Registration, Polling and Counting, Gender and Elections. Four BRIDGE facilitators (2 Females, 2 Males participated in the delivery of the course. The following facilitators exhibited a good combination of professional experience and diverse background and expertise: Sibongile Zimemo; (Consultant; South Africa) – Accrediting, Lead Facilitator Richard Kamugisha: (Electoral Commission of Uganda) – Workshop Facilitator Penninah Sekabembe (Electoral Commission of Uganda) – TtF Complete Charles Mashate: (Electoral Commission of Uganda) – TtF Complete This workshop also provided an opportunity for Penninah Sekambembe and Charles Mashate (BRIDGE TtF Complete) to complete their fieldwork under the guidance of the Lead Facilitator Sibongile Zimemo and Richard Kamugisha in order to progress to being fully accredited BRIDGE facilitators. They exhibited commitment, dedication and outstanding performance. Due to the amount of time, effort and number of workshops conducted previously and their performance during this workshop they both met the requirements to proceed to the next level of Workshop Facilitator. 13 participants (6 Females and 7 Males) participated in the workshop. The experience, content knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by all participants throughout the workshop contributed to the achievement of the aim and objectives of the training. While the group of participants was made up of mostly seasoned officers with vast electoral experience, there were some with limited experience, however their content knowledge was exceptional and the level of creativity and innovation cannot be questioned and it contributed to the success of the workshop. Participants exchanged information, experiences and practices among themselves and with the facilitators. The positive team spirit amongst the participants and facilitators assisted everyone to participate and perform at the best of their ability. The participants expressed their gratitude for the well-organised workshop and professionalism of the facilitators and the knowledge they acquired. Great interaction and contribution from all the participants, well done! Great facilitation team, well done! Well done Penny and Charlie; welcome to the BRIDGE family! Thanking the EC Director of Field Operations Mr Leonard Mulekwah for gracing us with his presence during the last day of the workshop, for his valuable contribution and for an inspiring closing speech. Thanking everyone for the sterling work, which contributed tremendously to the success of the workshop. Thanking the Electoral Commission of Uganda -EC for sponsoring and organising the workshop. All the best to all who were present at this memorable workshop […]
Group Harare BESTBRIDGE Media and Elections Module Workshops held in 3 Regions in Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare) 22 February – 04 March 2018 (3 Workshops) In preparation for the upcoming General Elections in Zimbabwe in 2018, a joint collaboration was established between Transparency, Responsiveness, Accountability and Civic Engagement (TRACE), Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the aim of building capacity of various electoral stakeholders in Zimbabwe in order to ensure that the officials have the essential and necessary skills and expertise to develop and implement strategies that will ensure that free, fair and credible elections are carried out efficiently with each of the stakeholders playing their roles effectively to ensure that the citizens of Zimbabwe are well-informed on their rights and all matters pertaining to electoral processes and in turn without fear are able to exercise those rights and participate fully in democracy of their country while holding the EMB executive and government accountable. Subsequent to the success of BRIDGE workshops that were conducted in October – November 2017 on Civic Education and Voter Information in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare it was recommended and decided that more BRIDGE workshops on various topics should be conducted in order to achieve the afore-mentioned objectives and to ensure that diverse groups of electoral stakeholders benefit from this important project. TRACE in conjunction with ZESN and IFES organised a Media and Elections workshops from 22 February – 04 March 2018, in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. DAI International provided the funding for the project. The workshops were held at the following venues: Harare: Wildgeese Hotel (22 – 24 February 2018) Bulawayo: Holiday Inn (26 – 28 February 2018) Mutare: Holiday Inn (02 – 04 March 2018) One hundred and four participants (65% Males, 35% Females) who were selected from various Media houses, Civil Society organisations and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) attended the workshop. The course served as an insight into the intricacies of media coverage of elections using the main strategies viz. Editorial Coverage, Direct Access and Public Outreach Campaigns. It also explored the importance of the relationship between the Media and ZEC. This also created a great opportunity to discuss matters for consideration and incorporation of special electoral stakeholder’s issues in the operational and strategic plans of the different organisations. This course therefore, enabled participants to identify barriers that women and other disadvantaged groups (People with disabilities (PWDs), Displaced people and minority parties) face in fully accessing the electoral processes and identify areas of improvement and discuss and recommend the necessary mechanisms to ensure participation by these groups and address the issues of apathy amongst the youth. The intention was also to establish the progress made by the different stakeholders in ensuring the enhancement and promotion of democracy in Zimbabwe and incorporate their ideas into long and short-term strategic plan within the Electoral Cycle as the country is gearing for the General Elections likely to be held in July/August of 2018. Three BRIDGE facilitators (2 Females and 1 Male) all Accrediting, participated in the delivery of the course: Sibongile Zimemo (Female); (Consultant; South Africa) Rindai Chipfunde-Vava (Female):(Director; ZESN–Zimbabwe) Zefanias Matsimbe (Male);(Consultant; Mozambique) The facilitators provided comparative studies and experiences of different countries in which they were involved in providing capacity building programs on this module and in the electoral process in general. The local facilitator provided her extensive knowledge of the Zimbabwe context. Electoral laws and Regulations pertaining to Media and Elections, strategies and best practices from the different countries were explored as well as the roles and relationships of various electoral stakeholders and relationships between the EMBs and Media in various countries. A positive environment and good spirit was maintained throughout the workshop by the facilitators and participants alike. Everyone contributed to the best of their abilities. This workshop also provided an opportunity for Kundai Matenga (BRIDGE TtF Complete) to commence her fieldwork on her path to accreditation. Kundai exhibited commitment, dedication and outstanding performance. Due to the amount of time and limited number of sessions conducted, she will be afforded another opportunity to facilitate in other BRIDGE workshops in the near future in order to ensure that she meets the requirements to proceed to the next level of Workshop Facilitator. Some comments from the participants on what they take away from the workshop…. “That cooperation between the Media and ZEC will be good for the nation” Lee Mangena “Media is necessary during elections as it acts as a watchdog in providing the public with information about the electoral process” Thamsanqa “ I have realized that only through well co-ordinated efforts can effective systems in elections be built and achieved. I have gained hope altogether” Abigale Mupambi “ The regulations governing the media and the EMBs during the electoral periods including the international legislature, also the importance of closing the communication vacuum to reduce the spreading of fake news” Blondie Ndebele “ Thanks for the good work” Flata Kavinga The participants expressed their gratitude for the well-organised workshops and professionalism of the facilitators and the knowledge they acquired. Thanking everyone for the sterling work, which contributed tremendously to the success of the workshops. Well done Kundai! Thanking the sponsors and organisers of the workshops for a well-organised programme. Wishing all of you everything of the best in your endeavours. […]
The Electoral Commission of Pakistan in conjunction with the International foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a two-day BRIDGE "External voting Course" in Lahore, Pakistan on 10-11 September 2014.
The Electoral Commission of Lesotho in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program - UNDP organised a BRIDGE Gender and Elections course on 29 July to 02 August 2013 in Mohale Lodge- Lesotho.
Subsequent to the success of the first BRIDGE Train the Facilitator - TtF Course, a joint collaboration between The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy – NIMD and International IDEA, which was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 6-17 February 2012, NIMD organised another TtF in The Hague, Netherlands on 14- 24 May 2013
The Electoral Commission of Malawi (MEC) in conjunction with The European Union (EU) organised a 5-day BRIDGE “Introduction to Electoral Administration” course on 18 – 22 June 2012 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The Electoral Commission of Zimbabwe – ZEC in conjunction with The United Nations Development Program - UNDP organised a BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Management course on 19- 23 April 2012 in Nyanga Zimbabwe.
The Electoral Commission of Nepal - ECN in conjunction with International Foundation for Electoral Systems- IFES organised a BRIDGE Train-the-Facilitator (TtF) course on 27 June – 08 July 2011 in Godavari Village Resort at Lalitpur
The United Party for National Development – UPND in conjunction with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation - FNF organised a BRIDGE Training of Trainers (ToT) course in four provinces (Lusaka; Copperbelt; Southern and North Western) in Zambia.
In preparation for the upcoming Elections envisaged to be conducted around September 2011; the Electoral Commission of Zambia – ECZ in conjunction with UNDP Zambia organised a Train the facilitator (TtF) course