Gender training follow-up meeting
Following the training on how to integrate gender analysis into law-making for the parliament staff committee, EISA conducted a follow-up meeting to check with the training beneficiaries (from 2021) how they used their skills in analysing laws and bills to be more gender-sensitive.
EMB BRIDGE training on electoral management and strategic planning
31 May – 3 Jun 2022
EISA Madagascar concluded the EMB BRIDGE training workshop took place from May 31 to June 3, 2022, in Andakana. The electoral commission agreed upon two modules: “electoral administration” and “strategic planning”. This choice was guided by the Commission’s desire to strengthen the capacities of the new commissioners to properly execute their missions, as well as a need for the commissioners to take ownership of the recently validated CENI strategic plan.
This workshop allowed for the complete accreditation of two members of INEC, namely a commissioner and the head of the Electoral Operations Department. A total of 25 participants, including six women, took part in the workshop.
EISA concludes visit to CENI
20 Jan 2022
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa office in Madagascar, led by its Country Representative Mr. Valdiodio Ndiaye, and accompanied by Programme Officer, Mrs. Andriaharivola Reine Ramananjanahary and Programme Assistant, Mr. Nyaina Rahagalala paid a courtesy visit on Thursday, January 20, 2022, to the President of the Commission Electorale Nationale Independante (CENI), Mr. Retaf Arsène Andrianarisedo Dama. Mr. Dama was assisted by the CENI Vice President Laza Rabary Razafimamonjy as well as the CENI National Electoral Advisor Roger Marc Fidimiafy.
The objective of this meeting was to continue the collaboration between the CENI and EISA, especially in the field of strategic planning, the annual Revision of the Electoral List (RALE), electoral education, and increasing institutional capacity building of the CENI. EISA reaffirmed its availability to continue to support the CENI throughout the electoral process.
Collaboration with the new Electoral Commission
EISA met with the newly appointed members of the Electoral Commission, at which meeting the CENI reaffirmed its willingness to collaborate with EISA, commencing with the development of the strategic action plan and the implementation of Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) training for the new electoral commissioners.
Supporting CENI/CSO CVE strategy and curriculum development
The STEP EPT specialist conceptualised and designed a VCE manual that was reviewed and validated by the CENI Director of Electoral Education and Communications and the Head of the Sensitization and Electoral Education Service, local CSOs, and CENI’s technical partners.
The validation workshop took place on 2 and 3 August 2018 in Antananarivo and was attended by 25 participants, nine youths, nine women, and three persons with disabilities. The manual was produced in French and Malagasy and serves as the key document for the CENI and CSO voter education campaigns. It also includes strategies on how to participate actively in public life.
Following the validation workshop and adoption of the curriculum, and the training of CENI staff, a training of trainers (ToT) targeting CSOs was conducted on 30 and 31 August 2018 in Antananarivo. The training was attended by 60 participants from 47 CSOs, 52% women and 43% youth. The CSO representatives were selected through a call for expression of interest issued by EISA and the CENI based on the CSO mapping report produced by EISA outlined above. Women and youth were given preference, especially those from regions where their participation in the last election and voter registration was lowest.
Election process: EISA and the CENI discuss collaboration
On Thursday 1 February 2018, the Executive Director of EISA, Denis Kadima, and his team, Dr. Catherine Musuva, Chief of the Party of the Supporting Transition and Electoral Processes (STEP programme) and Jessica Ranohefy Andreas, EISA Representative in Madagascar, met with Mr. Hery Rakotomanana, the Chair of the Electoral Commission of Madagascar.
The meeting focused on areas of collaboration between the two organizations in view of the 2018 electoral process in Madagascar. As part of the STEP programme, funded by USAID, EISA will implement activities to support the CENI as well as Civil Society Organizations in Civic and Voter Education.
National Electoral Commission study tour facilitated
Although elections were delayed in Madagascar during 2011, EISA used the opportunity provided by the local government elections in South Africa to organise a study tour for members of the National Electoral Commission (CENI), political parties, and CSOs to South Africa to gain first-hand exposure to see how Party Liaison Committees work as well as the EISA/IEC Conflict Management Panel structures function in practice. The study tour, which took place from 13 to 20 May, included three officials of the CENI, including the president of the CENI, two political party representatives, and three CSO representatives. The delegation also observed polling day in the Gauteng province and held meetings with South African political parties, the South African Civil Society Election Coalition, the Municipal Demarcation Board, and the IEC. The Malagasy delegation also established networks with the Election Management Bodies of Burundi, Zimbabwe, and Mexico which were also in South Africa at the time.
Upon returning to Madagascar, EISA Madagascar convened a half-day debriefing workshop which brought together the study tour participants, additional representatives from the participants’ institutions, UN agencies, international NGOs, embassies, and the media. The participants shared their experiences and reflected on the challenges facing the electoral process in Madagascar.