Following the the poll watchers' workshops that EISA conducted forthe presidential election in 2018, EISA conducted additional training of trainers of party agents for the legislative elections. The goal of the workshops was for the candidates to have a pool of trainers they could mobilise to train and deploy party agents during the legislative elections.
The workshops took place in the six provinces of the country from May 2nd to May 10th. A total of 422 participants out of the 810 candidates contesting the elections attended the training composed of candidates themselves and representatives of candidates. About 19% of the participants were women and 38% were youth. The workshops were jointly facilitated with the CENI and other stakeholders like the Independent Bureau against Corruption (BIANCO) and the national commission for reconciliation (CFM), that facilitated sessions on electoral corruption and candidates' code of conduct.
Ahead of the forthcoming presidential election in Madagascar, EISA conducted a ToT on poll watching for representatives of all 36 candidates, five of whom are women. Although the training initially targeted 20 participants drawn from political parties represented in the national assembly, it was decided to include all the presidential candidates to avoid anyone feeling excluded. Of the 36 participants 44% were women and 22% youth. The training took place from 19-21 September 2018 in Antananarivo.
Given the success of the training and special request from the CENI and beneficiaries, the training was extended to the five other provinces (Toamasina, Toliara, Fianarantsoa, Antsiranana and Mahajanga) under the SIDA support project. This allowed EISA to train 179 party agents (49 women) across the country. The training alternated plenary sessions and simulations to allow participants to better understand the subtleties of party agents in polling stations. The workshops were conducted in French and Malagasy and covered topics such as training and deploying party agents, voting, closing and counting procedures, selection criteria for party agents and monitoring compilation of votes.
EISA successfully concluded a series of provincial train the trainers workshops on poll-watching.
Funded by SIDA, under the EISA Africa Democracy Strengthening (ADS) Programme the six workshops aimed to equip representatives of candidates to the 27 May legislative elections in monitoring the polling day and covered key elements of electoral legislation, election day procedure as well as electoral disputes.
During their opening and closing speeches, the CENI's chairperson and vice-president welcomed this initiative and underlined its contribution to the transparency and inclusivity of the electoral process.
Of the 810 candidates in the legislative elections 422 benefitted from the workshops.
EISA developed a manual, Formation des délégués de partis politiques et des candidats: Manuel de formateur, for trainers to conduct party agent poll watching workshops.