Support to the East African Community

EISA Signing MoU with EAC

EISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the East African Community (EAC) in 2010 to implement programme work in support of our vision. By supporting the EAC, EISA, through its Elections and Political Processes (EPP) department, seeks to contribute to improving its election observation in an effort to promote credible democratic elections in the region, as mandated by EAC Principles for Election Observation and Evaluation, as well as other relevant international and regional election benchmarks for the conduct and monitoring of elections.

EISA's support to EOMs cut across the planning phase to the completion of the EOM reports. Since signing a MoU EISA has trained and briefed election observation missions (EOMs) to EAC countries ahead of the elections. Training is aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of both long term (LTOs) and short term (STOs). Facilitating training for election observers includes capacity development for the effective management and co-ordination of EOMs.


Support to the EAC EOM EAC to Kenya

EPP provided technical support to the EAC EOM to the general elections in Kenya. The support consisted of pre-deployment training for the observers and technical support to the drafting of numerous documents including the preliminary statement.


Development of online integrity tool

March 2021

EISA's EPP has initiated a concept note for the development and implementation of online electoral integrity tools with the view to supporting the electoral processes. The main objective of the project is to promote free, fair, credible, and transparent elections. Electoral integrity is important because it:

  • Guarantees stakeholders and the public a credible and transparent electoral process;
  • legitimizes the results; and
  • promotes fairness and impartiality, transparency, ethical behaviour, and accountability.

More generally, electoral integrity remains a fundamental aspect in the overall success of the entire process. To this end, a workshop was held 30-31 March 2021 at Protea Hotel Balalaika in Johannesburg, South Africa to assess the feasibility of the project. The next step is for the tool to be refined, for EISA intends to pilot it during 2021 through EISA deployed IEOMs.

EOMs to Uganda

January 2021

In support of the presidential and legislative elections, EISA prepared the election assessment checklists and trained EAC observers during their briefing session for the Ugandan presidential and legislative elections of 14 January 2021. The team was also involved in writing both the preliminary statement and the final report.


EOM to Tanzania

EPP prepared the election assessment check lists and trained the EAC observers during their briefing session for the Republic of Tanzania presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 October 2020.

EOM to Burundi

The EPP department supported the EAC during the May 2020 Burundi election by preparing the checklists using EISA's Popola system. However, the EAC at the last minute abandoned the deployment of observers due to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period imposed by the government of Burundi a few days before the election.

2017 Rwanda Presidential Elections technical team


Support to EAC conference secretariat

EISA's profile as a leading institution and technical partner of the EAC was further strengthened by the EAC's requested for support technical support to the EAC conference secretariat during the 6th conference on good governance that was held in Arusha from 10-11 October 2017.

EOMs: Kenya and Rwanda

Through support to EAC EOMs deployed in Kenya and Rwanda, EISA contributed to credible and professional assessment of these elections. Teams comprised of two EISA experts were deployed to the EAC missions in Kenya and Rwanda.

EISA's support to these EOMs cut across the planning phase to the completion of the EOM reports, including the training of observers and the drafting of the statements. The EAC also successfully exported the Popola system to its server and deployed the system during these elections with the support of the EISA teams.


EOMs: Burundi and Tanzania

EISA supported the EAC EOMs in Burundi and Tanzania. Under tense political circumstances the EISA participated in high-level meetings and in the mediation process between the government of Burundi and opposition political parties.

The EOM deployed in Tanzania for the 2015 general election presented its preliminary findings, conclusions and recommendations at a press conference in Dar es Salaam on 27 October 2015.


Peer-learning initiative

To encourage and foster peer-learning initiatives, EISA hosted a delegation from the EAC Secretariat and the EAC Electoral Commissions Forum as part of the EISA EOM deployed to the October 2014 elections in Mozambique. This collaboration was geared towards promoting experience sharing and lesson learning for election practitioners outside of the East African sub-region.


Memorandum of Understanding renewed

10 Dec 2013

The East African Community (EAC) and EISA renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 10 December 2013 in Nairobi. This MoU, which lasts for three years, was premised on the recognition of the valuable cooperation that the two institutions have had in previous years, particularly in election observation and support to the EAC Electoral Commissions Forum. The MoU sought to solidify gains made and broaden work to other areas where the EAC could be instrumental in entrenching democratic governance in member states, including the promotion of the ratification and domestication of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, as well as electoral conflict management and electoral research, among others.

Kenyan post-election observation review workshop

Jun 2013

EISA subsequently supported the EAC's initiative of conducting a post-election observation review workshop held in June 2013 in Moshi, Tanzania by developing a guiding framework for lesson-learning.


Feb/Mar 2013

An EISA expert was attached to the joint EAC-COMESA-IGAD observer mission deployed to the 4 March 2013 general elections in Kenya and provided technical assistance to the 78 member mission. The Kenyan mission was the third in which EISA supported the EAC under the framework of the MoU between the two organisations and the second under the consortium of RECs.

Prior to the Kenyan joint EOM, EISA's technical assistance was also solicited during the EAC pre-election assessment mission in November 2012 and the Planning Meeting for the three RECs in February. Overall, EISA's support contributed to improved professional conduct of the joint EOM. EISA was able to assist the Mission in appropriating lessons-learnt from the first joint EOM conducted in Uganda in 2011. Even so, there were still new challenges that emerged during the mission, mostly germane to the nature of the mission itself.

MoU signing ceremony with the EAC, Nairobi, 10 December 2013; Charles Njoroge, Deputy Secretary General charge of Political Federation, EAC (left) and Denis Kadima, EISA Executive Director


Peer-learning initiative

To encourage and foster peer-learning initiatives, EISA hosted a delegation from the EAC Secretariat and the EAC Electoral Commissions Forum as part of the EISA EOM deployed to the 2011 Lesotho elections. This collaboration was geared towards promoting experience sharing and lesson learning for election practitioners outside of the East African sub-region.

EAC Electoral Commissions' Forum workshop

A workshop for the EAC Electoral Commissions' Forum was facilitated by EISA from 11 to 12 June 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the workshop was to promote peer-learning among the East African Election Management Bodies and explore mechanisms for strengthening the collaborative initiatives of the Election Management Bodies' forum. It was attended by approximately 35 participants composed of senior election officials drawn from the five EAC member states.

The workshop provided a platform for the Election Management Bodies in the region to share election management experiences and harness best practices while seeking to strengthen their relations. Participants benefitted from EISA's expertise in elections on the continent of Africa, and from sister organisations like the SADC Electoral Commission's Forum.

East African elections expert meeting

In November 2012, EISA participated in the East African elections expert meeting convened by the EAC in collaboration with the UNDP in Nairobi. The objective of the meeting was to appraise and adopt the EAC Principles for Election Observation and Evaluation. This instrument for election observation was the first of its kind in the sub-region. EISA provided expert input into the draft document that contributed to its refinement and adoption by the expert group meeting. It was subsequently adopted by the Ministerial Council of the EAC and was used for the first time by the EAC Observation Mission to the 4 March 2013 elections in Kenya.

Signing MoU with EAC



Jan-Feb 2011

Support to the EAC Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the EAC and EISA in 2010, and within the purview of the latter's engagement with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to strengthen their capacities to contribute to democratic elections and governance in Africa, EISA provided technical assistance to the joint EOM of EAC with Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) EOM to the 18 February 2011 general elections in Uganda.

The assistance entailed training seventy election observers and providing advisory services to the joint mission secretariat. Through EISA's assistance, the joint observer mission was exposed to international best practices in election observation and the deployment of EOMs. This was exemplified by the high quality of the statements and reports produced by the joint observer mission.

The joint observer mission was regarded as successful and similar initiatives were encouraged in the future, given that it was the first kind of engagement for the three organisations. It was also the first time that EISA supported a consortium of inter-governmental bodies in election observation.


MoU with the EAC signed; support to EOM to Tanzania

Sep/Oct 2010

EISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EAC in September to provide support for election observation. As a result, EISA provided technical assistance to the EAC election observation mission to the 2010 General Elections in Tanzania held on 31 October 2010. More specifically, EISA conducted training in election observation and briefings for EAC observers, while assisting the co-ordination team of the EAC mission in Tanzania.