Jul 2019 - Feb 2020
EISA facilitated the recruitment of a communications expert to support the electoral commission of Cape Verde to develop a communication and outreach strategy for the 2020 elections. The report was finalised, presented and accepted by the commission in February 2020.
10-28 Feb 2019
EISA provided technical support to the ECONEC Peer Support and Learning Mission deployed to Nigeria from 10 to 28 February 2019. This mission was the first of the kind to be deployed by ECONEC. The mission, which was headed by the Chairperson of the electoral commission of Sierra Leone, sought to achieve the following multi-fold objectives: witness and assess the conduct of elections by their peers; learn and draw lessons from elections managed by their peers; advise, assist and support their peer conducting elections; identify best practices; learn from each other; share experience; and make recommendations for the improvement of elections management and legal framework for elections in ECOWAS member States. EISA through its technical support contributed to shaping the implementation of this pilot mission. The methodology is being considered for deployment in other countries.
7-13 June 2018
As part of its support for ECOWAS's cycle-based election assessment methodology, EISA provided technical support for the implementation of a pilot post-election follow-up mission (PEFuM) deployed by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions in Guinea Conakry from 7-13 June 2018. The deployment of the PEFuM constitutes the final aspect of the implementation of the election assessment methodology. EISA was instrumental in the development and adoption of this broader methodology for election assessment in 2015.
An EISA expert was deployed to support the ECOWAS PEFuM in Guinea, where the mission sought to track the implementation of the EOM's recommendations and identify possible areas of support to enable Guinea Conakry to implement the recommendations. This methodology provides a platform for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of ECOWAS engagement in its member states throughout the electoral cycle to ensure there is an early response to any challenges identified in the process.
On 3-4 March 2015 South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) hosted a seminar on conditions conducive to free and fair elections at the Taj Hotel, Cape Town.
Participants comprised of invited International guests and members of the National Party Liaison Committee of South Africa as well as the key electoral stakeholders such as the Public Broadcaster, the SABC, the Department of Justice as well as The National prosecuting Authority.
An exciting set of presentations comprised of a case study on the election management bodies establishment, structure, role and function from the Republic of Korea presented by Ms Su-Yeon Kim, Director of International Co-operation from the National Election Commission of the Republic of Korea. This was complemented from a case study on the role of the Government of India and political parties in supporting free and fair elections from HS Brahma, Chief Election Commissioner of India. These presentations were supplemented by presentations from Ms Mete Bakken of International IDEA on conflict and free and fair elections, as well as perceptions of electoral integrity from Prof Jørgen Elklit who served on the very first Electoral Commission in South Africa in 1994 and is also a former Director on the Board of EISA and is currently on the Editorial Board of EISA's Journal of African Elections.
Ebrahim Fakir of EISA facilitated the proceedings of first half day on 3 March 2015 as well as the presentations made by Political Parties on the National Party Liaison Committee on 4 March 2015.
As part of its support to EMBs, EISA hosted several EMB delegations keen to learn from the Institute. Interaction with EMBs took place at the EISA offices in Johannesburg as well as in the field.
On the occasion of the run-off presidential elections in Liberia, EISA hosted a delegation from the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) who were in Liberia to observe the elections. The delegation consisted of a commissioner and three technical staff of the Commission who took time to hold meetings with the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia. These meetings provided an opportunity for peer learning in the area of post-conflict elections and also on the conduct of a two-round election which is crucial for Kenya in view of the recent amendment of its constitution.
EISA also hosted a delegation from the Afghanistan Electoral Reform and Civic Advocacy group. The delegation spent time with EISA sharing experiences and gaining information about EISA's work and programmes.
Between July and September 2010, EISA held a number of consultative meetings with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the donor community in Harare. EISA is in discussion with the ZEC regarding the nature and level of support to be provided to ZEC for successful referendum and electoral processes in the country.
EISA, in co-operation with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA ), held a three-day workshop on "Election and Technology" in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 25 to 27 November 2010. The purpose of the workshop was to set a framework for policy makers and electoral officials to decide on the appropriate level of technology; to provide an overview of the state of the art of technological application in elections using case studies from countries that have used different types of technology and to explore a sound management approach in introducing new technologies.
By including the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE ) Module on Elections and Technology, the workshop was a combination of theory and practice. Participants to the workshop had the opportunity to experiment with a number of technologies applicable to various operations of the electoral cycle through the side exhibition made by developers and vendors of these technologies.
Through the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Democratic Institutions Programme (DIP), EISA facilitated a study tour in October 2010 for a delegation consisting of National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) members and the secretariat on issues of boundary delimitation and other relevant topics in South Africa. Besides an induction programme, the NEBE delegation visited and held discussions with both the South African Independent Electoral Commission (IE C) and the Demarcation Board.
EISA held a conference under the theme "Post Election Review and Prospects for Electoral Reform in Zimbabwe" at the Elephant Hills Hotel on 28-30 April 2009 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The overall goal of this post-election workshop was to unravel the challenges facing Zimbabwe in respect of election management and to propose appropriate reform measures. The conference was attended by a crosssection of stakeholders who included government ministers, Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic community, regional election management bodies, regional and local civil society, labour and the media. Press Statement
In August 2009, the EPP and GIP successfully held a Post-Election Review in Malawi. The principal goal of the workshop was to reflect on the 2009 presidential and parliamentary elections in Malawi and critically assess its implications for institutionalisation of the party system cognisant of the fact that parties play a key role in the democratisation process. The theme of the workshop was "Performance of Political Parties in the 2009 Elections: Explaining the Weakening of the Party System in Malawi". The workshop was held at the Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi. The workshop was attended by representatives of the political parties, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and CSOs. The conference gave political parties in Malawi an opportunity to reflect on their performance in the 2009 Malawi Presidential and Parliamentary elections and map a way forward. The presentations by representatives from the civil society sector in Zambia and a constitutional expert and former Clerk of the Parliament from Lesotho, enabled the sharing of experiences from the region.
Report: Challenges of Election Management and Prospects for Reforms in Madagascar (English and French).
EISA organised a post-election review workshop at the Hotel Le Colbert, Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 22 May 2008 under the theme "Challenges of Election Management and Prospects for Reforms in Madagascar" on 22 May 2008 at Hotel Le Colbert, Antananarivo. The overall goal of the Madagascar post-election workshop was to unravel the challenges facing Madagascar in respect of election management and propose appropriate reform measures. This workshop achieved the following:
52 participants attended the workshop drawn from representatives of political parties, civil society organisations, election authorities, government officials at the central and local levels, Members of Parliament, the judiciary, the media, the donor community and development agencies, academia and traditional leadership.
EISA and the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE) signed an Electoral Cooperation Agreement at a ceremony in Mexico City on 14 April 2008. The Agreement formalises the relationship of cooperation between EISA and IFE to jointly promote democratic values and the professionalization of electoral administration.
The intention of the Agreement is to benefit electoral management bodies and institutions in Africa and Latin America. This will include a range of activities including organising international, regional and national debates around trends and challenges for the consolidation and strengthening of democratic institutions, rules, values and procedures.
EISA was represented by Ilona Tip, Operations Director and Belinda Musanhu, Programme Manager (Elections and Political Processes). The President Councillor of IFE, Mr Leonardo Antonio Valdes Zurita and Mr Manuel Carillo, Chief of Staff International Affairs Unit, signed the agreement on behalf of IFE. EISA looks forward to working with IFE.
The EPP department held a training workshop on voter registration systems and technology for EMBs. The workshop was prompted by the realisation that voter registration is one of the most important and usually the most expensive part of an electoral process. Despite this, there has not been enough effort in looking into voter registration methodologies which can be applied in a more sustainable and cost-effective manner in the compilation and management of a voters' roll by EMBs.
In addition, supplier-driven voter registration modules (sometimes combined with national civil registry systems) largely reliant on IT and special material from external suppliers are chosen by electoral commissions, while sustainability issues are not fully considered. The workshop was the beginning of a discussion amongst EMBs in the region aimed at identifying the most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable methodologies, including IT solutions, for voter registration. The department intends to sustain this discussion over the next 12 months in order to assist EMBs in improving their registration systems.
The department initiated a Lesotho post-election review which was held in September at the height of the efforts aimed at resolving the post-election conflict.
EISA's Project Management and Development, the forerunner of EPP, provided support to the Electoral Commission in Lesotho in the execution of a voter education programme, including the planning of voter education, the design and development of materials, the training of trainers and the production of a final report.