EISA CAR: Electoral reform

 

Consultation committee workshop

January 2015

Consultation committee workshop

A workshop for the Cadre de concertation (Consultation committee) was conducted on Saturday 6 December 2014. A week before, the draft amendment to the Electoral Code was tabled in Parliament for adoption, was the Bill was dismissed as inadequate. The Consultative Committee has the task of reviewing and correcting the Bill. Thus the role played by EISA was much appreciated and its work has come to the attention of a broad range of political actors. EISA is widely regarded as an NGO contributing to CAR's by funding a critical workshop for the country.

The participants were divided into three groups:

  • The Government (administration): 17 people including a woman and 16 men;
  • Civil Society: 33 people, including 13 women and 20 men; and
  • Political Parties: 33 people only men.
Consultation committee workshop

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Interior and enhanced by the presence of several other dignitaries including the President of the Authority Elections, the Minister of Finance, and the Secretary General of the Government. Three speeches were made for the occasion: the President of the Consultative Committee (Discours d'ouverture), EISA CAR and the Minister of the Interior Element du discours.

The workshop was conducted with the support of the President of the ANE (electoral commission) who explained the merits of the decision to reconsider biometrics for now. By the end of the workshop there was a convergence of viewpoints on matters such as computerized registration, with photos of voters, and the harmonising of the date of parliamentary and presidential elections.

As a result of the workshop a working group was set up to draft a report and also the draft amendment to the Electoral Code, with EISA CAR participating in these processes.

With consensus attained, the ANE can raise the matters with the Government so that the necessary adjustments to legal framework can be made and adopted by Parliament.

With the assistance of EISA the ANE can also now call for tenders for the supply of voter registration equipment.