This BRIDGE workshop was a historic event, signalling commitment of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) of Somalia, to set the wheels in motion towards universal suffrage. The workshop, generously funded by the European Union, Governments of Germany and the United Kingdom, drew a total of 47 participants comprising Commissioners, the secretariat the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR) attended the workshop.
The workshop, is part of a series of BRIDGE modules to be run in Somalia, covered the ambitious programme successfully by:
Twelve of the participants were female which translate to twenty-five percent. Participants were active throughout the workshop with facilitators and the different resource persons included the former Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission, Ahmed Issack Hassan and the Integrated Electoral Support Group sharing their experiences drawn from different countries across Africa and the Globe. The participants appreciated the BRIDGE methodology as it made all session interactive moreso because it was enriched by the expertise of the resource persons with years of hands-on electoral administration expertise, the understanding of NIEC operations and the socio-political environment in which they operate. The Commissioners’ active participation cannot be downplayed as it demonstrated leadership most needed for the mammoth task that lies ahead.
During the last session of the workshop, the NIEC outlined a framework of action anchored on the outcomes of the Voter Registration Feasibility Study.
Facilitation team included, Immaculate Kassait, Rindai Chipfunde-Vava and Tomsie Dlamini. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Integrated Electoral Support Group.