Political parties are an important category of electoral stakeholders. EPP undertook activities aimed at assisting political parties to enhance their ability to monitor the electoral process. The overall goal is to ensure that political parties effectively monitor the electoral process and hence contribute to its integrity in the democratic process.
EISA conducted two political party/candidate poll-watchers' training of trainers (ToT) workshops in Yamoussoukro and Korhogo. Twenty participants from Abidjan and Yamoussoukro attended the training on 20 and 21 October in Yamoussoukro, and 20 participants from Bouake and Korhogo attended the training held in Korhogo on 23 and 24 October.
EISA invited all the four candidates/political parties. However, the two main candidates declined to attend, in line with their policy of "civil disobedience" in the electoral process. The independent candidate was unable to provide participants, so EISA only trained poll-watchers from one candidate/party.
EISA is a partner in the Consortium for Elections & Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) project, providing support to political party poll-watchers in Ethiopia being led by the GIPPS department. While the Ethiopian elections scheduled for 29 August 2019 were postponed, Justin Doua, the EPP Programme Manager was tasked with developing a training curriculum and manual for Ethiopian political party poll-watchers. The first draft was finalised and shared with other colleagues for input.
13-17 Jan 2020
Justin Doua, EPP Programme Officer supported the GIPPs department during a fact-finding mission to support political parties' consultative meetings held in Addis Ababa from 13 to 17 January 2020 in preparation of the August 2020 elections scheduled in the country.
18-21 Nov 2019
Cecile Bassomo, EPP Programme Manager, and Jessica Ranohefy-Andreas, EISA Madagascar Country Representative, held consultative meetings with 6 parliamentary political party groupings in Abidjan from 18 to 21 November 2019. The outcome of these meetings has informed EISA's proposed support to political parties in Côte d'Ivoire in 2020 and 2021.
The EPP team supported the GIPP team in the roll out of the party gender audit activities. The initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of political parties to improve gender parity within their structures and procedures.
Olufunto Akinduro, EPP Head co-facilitated the political party consultations on the party gender audit in Zambia with Grant Masterson from 3 to 6 September 2019. The EISA team met with all parties represented in parliament except the ruling parties. Parties met welcomed the gender audit methodology and committed to participating in future activities.
Cecile Bassomo, EPP Programme Manager, and Soa Razafimanjato, Acting Country Representative of EISA Madagascar, conducted a gender audit workshop for parliamentary political parties in Dakar, Senegal, on 24 and 25 September 2019 attended by 10 political parties represented in parliament. The workshop provided a platform to parliamentary political parties to interrogate their overall approach to gender inclusivity and the way power dynamics impact the role of women within political parties. The workshop was also peer learning opportunity for political parties on the challenges faced by female politicians.
As part of its South African Elections Programme, EPP co-ordinated research on party and campaign finance in South Africa. This entailed the recruitment of field researchers in the following provinces: Gauteng (two researchers), Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo and Eastern Cape Provinces, where they attended a total of 59 campaign events. Researchers were provided with smart tablets with preloaded checklists that enabled them to capture data for analysis by the research team. Researchers also conducted semi-structured interviews with the following categories of stakeholders: political parties, academics, independent analysts and civil society groups. On election day, researchers visited 53 polling stations across the provinces to directly observe the trends of election day expenses by political parties. The research report is being finalised for publication.
5-9 Nov 2018
EPP supported the GIPP department in piloting EISA's political party gender audit initiative in Senegal. Consultative meetings with political formations represented in the Senegalese National Assembly were held from 5 to 9 November 2018. Through these meetings, EISA formally introduced its project on political party gender audit it is piloting in Malawi, Botswana and Lesotho. All political parties consulted expressed interest in working with EISA.
The gender audit initiative seeks to contribute towards strengthening the institutional capacity of political parties to mainstream gender in an effective manner in order to enhance equitable gender participation in political formations. The project received positive feedback from the leadership of each of the parliamentary political formations consulted.
EPP supported the GIPP department with the implementation of its political party gender audit project in Botswana and Lesotho. In Botswana, Noxolo Gwala, EPP Programme Assistant supported the seminar on gender auditing that was held on 6 and 7 November 2019. In Lesotho, Cecile Bassomo, EPP Programme Manager, supported the seminar on gender auditing scheduled on 27 and 28 November 2018. The seminar was unfortunately postponed because the event coincided with the national consultations on the development of the reform agenda.
19-24 Nov 2017
As Mali prepared for the 2018 general elections, EISA deployed a NAM from 19 to 24 November 2017. It identified strategic areas for EISA's intervention within and beyond the framework of the Supporting Transitions and Electoral Processes (STEP) programme. EISA was invited by the Delegation of the European Union in Mali to submit a proposal on supporting civil society in citizen election observation and election violence monitoring. Based on findings of the NAM, EISA developed a programme to support civil society and political parties in Mali in response to the call for proposal. Pending the outcome of the proposal, the NAM can contribute to the quality of citizens' participation in democratic processes.
Subsequent to its consultative meetings with political actors in Senegal EISA conducted three training workshops for women and youth leaders from coalitions of political formations represented at the National Assembly.
A total of 177 women and youth cadres from 13 political parties that are members of the 6 largest coalitions of political parties in Parliament were trained on leadership and internal political party democracy from 10th to 17th November in Dakar, Senegal. Through this initiative, EISA sought to contribute to conversations about internal democracy strengthening within political parties and improved qualitative participation of women and youth within political parties in Senegal. This EISA-led initiative is the second political party training event in Senegal following the workshop which EISA, in collaboration with Partners West Africa Senegal, conducted in the area of poll watching ahead of Senegal's 2017 legislative elections, for the technical personnel in charge of electoral affairs within political parties that contested the elections.
Within the context of its broader support to political parties, EISA held consultations with the ruling and opposition political parties as well as with youth and women leaders in Senegal ahead of a set of training workshops which the institution plans to conduct for women and youth leaders from political formation represented at the National Assembly. Through this initiative, EISA aims to contribute to internal democracy strengthening within political parties in Senegal. This EISA-led initiative is the second of its kind in Senegal following the training workshop which EISA, in collaboration with Partners West Africa Senegal, conducted in the area of poll watching ahead of Senegal's 2017 legislative elections, for the technical personnel in charge of electoral affairs within political parties that contested the elections.
Under the framework of its partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Côte d'Ivoire, EISA facilitated a national training of trainer of poll-watchers of the 10 candidates who are standing in the presidential election on 25 October 2015 in Côte d'Ivoire.
Held in Abidjan on 25 and 26 September 2015, this training event brought together 30 trainers from different political background. Every presidential candidate was represented by three delegates at the workshop.
The national training is part of a cascade training programme of IEC-Côte d'Ivoire implemented in support to the 2015 presidential candidates. EISA is providing full technical and financial support to the two-level of the cascade training. The national training will be followed by a regional training of trainers of poll-watchers scheduled for 3 October 2015.
A regional workshop on poll watching was convened. Representatives from the ruling and main opposition political parties from Southern African countries, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Zambia, attended the workshop.
The workshop provided an environment in which political parties shared their experiences in poll watching and highlighted ways in which they can further their engagement in the electoral process beyond their traditional role as contestants. The workshop highlighted the role that political parties can play in enhancing democracy generally and in promoting election integrity specifically through the election monitoring work that is undertaken by their agents at election time.
Prior to the 2003 Mozambique elections, CMEE prepared a programme for party agent training and provided trainers to train party poll-watchers throughout the country. The train-the-trainer component took place in Maputo. A local partner was identified who assisted EISA in project delivery. Towards the end of 2003 these type of activities were transferred from CMEE to EPP.