The Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan with financial support from UNDP conducted the BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration training program from 9-13 June at IEC headquarters.
This training program was organized for IEC permanent and temporary staff who hadn’t attended BRIDGE training programs in the past, 25 IEC staff from different IEC HQ departments attended this program.
The main purpose of this program was to improve the general election knowledge of the staff and their familiarization with BRIDGE programs.
The program was facilitated by Mr.Awalul Rahman Rodwal (workshop facilitator), three semi accredited facilitators; Mr.Ezatullah Arman, Abdul Basir Aziz and Rockai Mehran with some topics facilitated by Shahla Haque.
Despite the participants first time in a BRIDGE training program and the methodologies used were new for them, they actively participated in all working groups, discussions and presentations. Participants showed their interest in all topics especially electoral system (the IEC recently proposed some changes in electoral law including electoral system so the electoral system families and the advantage of the systems and seat allocations were of much interest for the participants), type of EMBs and their responsibilities, criteria for free and fair elections and public outreach activities .
Participants were satisfied with both the methodologies used and facilitation methods used.
At the end of program participants thanked IEC, UNDP and BRIDGE team, they emphasized to conduct more BRIDGE training for them in future and participants were issued the certificate.
• I found this module very interesting and informative for myself, I realized that as an election official my election knowledge should be improved and doesn’t matter I am belonging to which department or working in which position, but when I am out of IEC people and my friends know me as an election official and they would expect me to join in their election related discussions and I have to have this capacity , in reality this module opened my mind about election and I learned the things which I didn’t know especially the kind of EMBs and electoral systems .
• The used methodologies were amazing, much involvement of participants, sharing of their ideas and experiences I have found useful for learning.