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September 20, 2021

Pakistan, Electoral Systems Workshop, September 2021, IFES

The Election Commission of Pakistan has recently recruited 77 Election Officers in Grade-17. The first-ever Pre-Service Training (PST) is 16 weeks training which is being imparted to said officers in Federal Election Academy, Islamabad w.e.f 5th July 2021 to 29th October 2021. There are three Groups of said Election Officers in this training. This Training is aimed to enhance the professional capabilities of these new appointees by focusing on the development of their interpersonal skills, analytical skills, leadership qualities, and professional knowledge in respect of electoral management. The training is designed to enable the new appointees to create and lead an effective team and to make correct, prompt, and informed decisions during an election event. Election Commission has included three BRIDGE Workshops in aforesaid training which will be held in two weeks. The first of such workshops will be conducted using Electoral Systems […]
July 13, 2021

Atelier modulaire Bridge de renforcement des capacités de la CENI et de la Cour Constitutionnelle sur la Prévention des conflits et la Gestion des conflits électoraux .

En République de Guinée, l’organisation des élections politiques et du referendum relève de la compétence de la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI). Cette attribution est consacrée par la Constitution, le Code électoral et la Loi organique L/2018/044/AN du 05 juillet 2018 portant Création, Composition, Organisation et Fonctionnement de la CENI. Nonobstant que la CENI soit l’Institution chargée de cette responsabilité, l’organisation des élections politiques crédibles a toujours nécessité l’accompagnement des acteurs du processus que sont principalement les Partis Politiques, le MATD, la Sociétés Civile, les Médias, … et de l’assistance technique, financière et matérielle des Institutions Partenaires bi et multilatéraux de la Guinée. Cependant, l’un des défis pour l’organisation des prochaines élections libres, crédibles, équitables reste le renforcement des capacités à travers des formations ciblées. Pour répondre à cette nécessité, le choix a été porté d’organiser une formation modulaire sur la gestion du contentieux électoral destinée aux commissaires et assistants techniques de la CENI et à la cour constitutionnelle dans le but de les doter des outils méthodologiques leur permettant de renforcer les capacités opérationnelles des différents départements. C’est dans cette perspective que IFES, dans le cadre de son assistance technique à la CENI à travers le projet BEACON (Bâtir des capacités de redevabilité électorale et des normes ordonnées pour la démocratie et la gouvernance) avec l’appui financier de l’USAID a envisagé une formation modulaire BRIDGE en partenariat avec la […]
August 17, 2009

BRIDGE as a Professional Development Tool

An election is the largest and most complex logistical operation that a country ever undertakes in peacetime. This is often not well understood, and indeed, the better an election is run, the simpler it looks. Committed, ethical, professional and confident people are the key to increasing the prospects of running a good election, in both emerging and more established democracies. Electoral assistance providers recognise that the building of a strong and stable electoral culture in-country is more important than providing ad hoc electoral assistance from outside. Two of the largest, UNDP and European Commission, have specifically recommended incorporating an electoral cycle approach and focussing on capacity development in their electoral assistance programming (see Electoral Assistance Manuals from the respective organisations). UNDP defines capacity development as the process through which individuals, organisations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time. Ideally, BRIDGE should be one component of an integrated package of broader electoral assistance or of a wider and longer-term capacity development strategy that incorporates other interventions such as technical assistance, operational training, and mentoring. BRIDGE is not a ‘fix-all’, a ‘stop gap’, and a ‘stand-alone’ product that can meet all needs. BRIDGE can neither deliver a total electoral assistance package nor take complete responsibility for capacity development. Designing and implementing BRIDGE programs as multi-partner initiatives goes a long way to maximising BRIDGE’s institutional development potential. BRIDGE partner organisations are well placed for such cooperation. BRIDGE as a professional development tool primarily affects participants at the individual level. The BRIDGE activity based workshops use an activity based approach that maximises retention of knowledge and skills learned in a workshop. In addition, the workshops are designed to promote or reinforce professional confidence, ethics, understanding of principles of best electoral practice, and access to networks of peers. BRIDGE has the potential to trigger change on the organisational level: broader understanding of the organisation, morale, and cohesion within the organisation. Workshops encourage participants to reflect on their organisation, providing comparative examples and alternative approaches, generating blueprints or support for organisational reform. BRIDGE has the potential to impact change also on the environmental level. As a dialogue tool, the content, methodology, and non-threatening environment can contribute to a shared understanding of the challenges ahead and improved relationships between disparate stakeholders. By practicing skills such as analysis of alternative approaches, advocacy, and legislation drafting participants are well placed to affect change on a broader level. BRIDGE programs have resulted in networks of professionals within institutions, regionally and internationally that have provided peer support and served as triggers for reform long after the end of the formal […]

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