With support from the Development Partners through the basket fund, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) organized a 5 day BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation course from 23-27 October 2020 for its commissioners and senior staff management in Mzuzu, Malawi.
Opening the workshop, Commissioner Olivia Mchanju Liwewe, who is Chairperson of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, said the Commission was committed to develop capacity of its personnel in various dimensions.
“It is in the same vein that we approached our Development Partners to support this training. The rationale is for the Commission to have a pool of BRIDGE facilitators so that we should be able to conduct several BRIDGE courses parallel to each other.
“In elections management, time is of essence and with a good number of qualified facilitators we will be able to accomplish much of our activities within a short time,” she said.
Commissioner Liwewe urged the participants to pay full attention to the training so that at the end they should also qualify to be recommended for accreditation.
In his remarks before the official opening, MEC Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Phanuel Hamsin hailed the BRIDGE curricula as the most comprehensive in the world in regard to elections training.
An international BRIDGE facilitator, worked with a team of four MEC facilitators to deliver the module. The other four facilitators from the Malawi Electoral Commission were Lydia Bridget Luwanika, Muhabi Chisi, Thandiwe Bless Zimba and Sammy Ng’anjo.
This is the third BRIDGE course to be organised by the Malawi Electoral Commission in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen many organisations put activities on hold.
The first BRIDGE workshop on Introduction to Electoral Administration was organised in July 2020 for the Commissioners who had just been appointed in May this year, the second BRIDGE on TtF course was organised in October 2020.
At the end of the 5 days, it was time for all the 26 participants to get their certificates in the presence of Chief Elections Officer, Mr Sammy Alfandika.
In his closing remarks, the CEO advised the participants to continue reading on the BRIDGE Boundary Delimitation module so that they do not lose the knowledge gained as we are currently preparing for boundary delimitation process in Malawi to begin early 2021.
The Commissioner and CEO also thanked the Development. Partners that have funded the BRIDGE Course through the basket fund managed by the UNDP in the name of UNDP, EU, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) UK, Irish Aid and USAID.
“The Commission appreciates that the Development Partners have committed to supporting the Commission throughout the electoral cycle” he said.
A representative of the participants, Mr Edington Chilapondwa thanked the Commission for allowing them attend the BRIDGE course which was a life time opportunity.
By Lydia Bridget Luwanika