Uganda heads for a General election in 2021 and considering it being a pre-election period a lot of stakeholder trainings and engagements are meant to build capacity of the political players in order to boost confidence and credibility into the electoral process. The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) held a 3-day workshop for Election Managers of IPOD Political Parties from 17th-19th June 2020.
The BRIDGE training was held against the backdrop of the COVID 19 pandemic thus presented a very unique challenge in the delivery and mode of facilitation. However, from the feedback from the participants it was well received and they greatly benefited from the training. The training was facilitated by Kenneth Mpyisi (Uganda), Anne Kathurima (Kenya) with interventions from Theophilus Dowetin (Ghana). The Facilitators from Ghana and Kenya joined the workshop via virtual means as the travel restrictions would not allow them to travel in person to Uganda. In attendance were participants from the Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Justice Forum (JEEMA) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). Participants included core members of each party’s electoral management team.