EISA Somalia: CSOs Election Situation Room

2021

EISA, PUNSAA and SONSA representatives during the validation workshop, 26 August 2021, Garowe, Puntland State
Civic and voter education manual validation workshop

26 Aug 2021

EISA Somalia, through the Support to Peaceful and Civil Society Enhancement-PEACE project provided technical support to a two-day civic and voter education validation workshop in preparation for the 2021 Federal elections. The PEACE project is supported by the European Union delegation to Nairobi. The workshop was jointly organised by the two PEACE project implementing partners, Puntland State Actors Association (PUNSAA) and Somalia Non-State Actors (SONSA). The workshop was held in Garowe, Puntland state.

In preparation for the workshop, a civic and voter education manual was developed and is being used to create voter awareness in Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) and Federal Member States (FMS), particularly in the assigned electoral cities. The two partners, SONSA and PUNSAA, reviewed the content methodologies, drawing on lessons learnt from the 2016 civic education public outreach interventions. In addition, the workshop also served as a platform for participants to assess the context within which CVE was to be rolled out by civic educators. The manual was developed with special consideration to gender mainstreaming to ensure that the manual content is gender sensitive.

Participant's feedback from the workshop included the need to adjust content on the electoral framework and procedures to be in sync with the recent election agreement made by the National Consultative Council on 23 August 2021. The development and validation of the CVE manual is a significant milestone that is expected to increase delegates and candidates' knowledge and contribute towards the conduct of peaceful and inclusive elections.

EISA, SONSA and PUNSAA, through the 18 regional civic educators, will conduct a coordinated and comprehensive CVE outreach during the candidate and delegate nomination, registration, and election processes ahead of the 2021 elections. The civic educators will engage citizens in general and traditional elders and electoral delegates, in particular, through community awareness events and town hall meetings in electoral cities. The manual will be translated into the Somali language and copies will be printed and distributed to the 18 civic educators and delegate selection committees in each of the 11 electoral cities throughout the country.

Launch of the Election Situation Room supported by stakeholders

A visible collaboration between CSOs and national and regional election stakeholders in conflict mitigation, enhanced the capacity of National Election Commission in voter education and conflict mitigation efforts, strengthened the capacity of the media in election reporting and improved public outreach by women and minority candidates. Besides these programmatic milestones, EISA successfully provided the institutional capacity to SONSAF to enhance its capacity to adhere to EU financial guidelines and procedures. Specific support provided included on the job support to SONSAF's finance department, due diligence assessment on organisation policies a due diligence action plan to support the implementation of identified gaps in internal policies, training on EU procedures and guidelines and a review of financial reports.

Although EISA's role is to monitor and supervise the financial aspect of the project including building the financial capacity of our partner. During the Somaliland election, EISA played a major role in preparing for the setting up and operationalisation of the Election Situation Room as well as the training of the technical team on the importance of the quality of data, the ODK Collect tool and overview of the Popola reporting system. ESA also supported the reporting tool for election day operations.

Mogadishu 30 June 2021: Launch of Election Situation Room for CSOs
Launch of the Election Situation Room supported by stakeholders

26 Jul 2021

EISA provided SONSA and PUNSAA platforms with technical support to organise the launch of the Election Situation Room (ESR) which took place on 30 June 2021, in Mogadishu to publicise its objectives, stakeholder accessibility and how it will collaborate with other partners which collaboration and coordination platform for CSOs monitoring election-related conflict during the Somalia 2021 elections. The event was attended by key CSOs representatives, government officials such as the State Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Women, international partners including the EU Ambassador and UN representative. The ESR received endorsement from the stakeholders including the Federal Government, Federal Member States, and the International Community.

Launch of Election Situation Room

30 Jun 2021

The Somali Non-State Actors (SONSA) and the Puntland Non-State Actors Association (PUNSAA), in collaboration with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), launched the Civil Society Election Situation Room (ESR). This will serve as a base for coordination and information gathering on election-related conflict information, so as to enhance collaborative partnership, proactive advocacy and rapid response to conflict and disputes associated with Somalia 2020-2021 electoral process.

The launch was held on 30 June 2021 at the Decale Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia and attracted 70 delegates drawn from Civil Society Organisations, the Federal Government of Somalia, the Federal Member States, Indirect Election Implementation Committees and international partners.

Documents

Introduction to the Election Situation Room
Launch programme
Launch video

2021 Participants in the conflict assessment coordinators and data analysts in conflict assessment training workshop
Training of conflict assessment coordinators and data analysts

6-8 Jun 2021

EISA and two Civil Society platforms in Somalia, namely, Somalia Non-State Actors (SONSA) and Puntland Non-State Actors (PUNSAA) organised a four day train-the-trainer programme on election conflict assessment for their respective conflict assessment coordinators and data analysts from 6-8 June 2021 in Mogadishu. The three days of training formed part of the European Union funded project, Support to peaceful elections in Somalia.

The ten participants were trained on conflict analysis, the difference between conflicts and disputes, functions of conflict assessment coordinators and data analysts, information flow from the regions to the ESR decision-making committee, roles of other stakeholders in conflict mitigation, data collection and analysis. Participants were also trained on facilitation skills as they are expected to cascade the training to regional conflict assessors in all 5 regions (Jubbaland, Galmudug, Southwest, Hirshabelle and Puntland) and Banadir Regional Adminstration.

The information obtained from the conflict assessors in the regions will be analysed and disseminated from the Election Situation Room to be based in Mogadishu in the pre, during and after election periods. The ESR will contribute to the mitigation of electoral conflicts and disputes through information gathering, analysis and sharing among civil society groups and relevant electoral to strengthen collaboration, advocacy, and rapid responses to electoral conflict.