In a country like Chad which is plagued by intractable violence and political instability, political parties act as watchdogs over the electoral processes. Well trained party poll-watchers ensure transparency, reduce opportunities for electoral fraud and increase the credibility of future elections.
EISA assists political parties in Chad with planning, coordinating and deploying party poll-watchers.
EISA used the opportunity of the 13 February National Assembly elections to conduct refresher training activities for party poll-watchers involved in poll watching on election day.
Prior to training, a training handbook on poll watching [PDF] was developed containing detailed information on recruiting, training, deploying poll-watchers as well as providing guidelines on how they should report their polling day observations. Using this training handbook, a one day training session was conducted for 166 trainers, including 29 women, from 70 parties from the majority party and the opposition parties in N'Djamena, the capital city where most parties are headquartered and in Abeché, in the eastern region, a location that was not covered before by EISA's capacity building activities for political parties. The training workshops offered an invaluable opportunity for participants from different parties to share ideas on the role of political parties in safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process and agree on harmonised data collection and reporting on poll watching.
A training manual [PDF] on poll watching was developed, providing political parties with detailed information on recruiting, training and deploying poll-watchers as well as guidelines on how party poll-watchers should report their polling day observations.