The Tanzanian National Electoral Commission (NEC) conducted a 5-Day BRIDGE Workshop on Post-election Activities Module at Oceanic Bay Resort, Bagamoyo, Tanzania, from 25th to 29th April, 2016. Participants were NEC staff from the Election Management Division, Voters Registration, Voters Education and Public Information, Legal Services, Finance, Administration and Procurement units.
The objective of the course was to emphasize the importance of the post-election period to NEC electoral staff as the opportune moment to reflect on the past electoral events, identify challenges and lessons to be applied in future planning towards sustainable electoral processes in Tanzania.
The training was part of a series that has been delivered to NEC through the UNDP led Democratic Empowerment Project (DEP). Previous modules delivered included Voter Registration; Election Observation; and Civic Education and Voter Information. Four other workshops on the same topic will be held in the coming weeks, with two targeting departmental directors and commissioners respectively.
In her opening speech, Nirina Kiplagat, in representation of DEP, expressed words of congratulations to participants for the role played in delivering a successful union 2015 General Election.
The training was only one of the areas of support and collaboration between UNDP and NEC through the project. DEP was launched in March 2013 and is directly executed by UNDP through a basket fund. 4. The project follows two previous, successful electoral support projects in Tanzania, the Electoral Assistance Project (2005) and the Election Support Project (2010).
The End of Course Evaluation revealed the overall satisfaction of the participants on the BRIDGE methodology, content administered and the facilitation process. Participants performed very well with a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the course. They used the forum to share their challenges and lessons from the 2015 elections and reflect on the way forward.