STEP: National stakeholder capacity building

2022

Workshop on analysis and operationalisation of technical issues held

21 - 23 Sep 2022

EISA and NDI jointly organized a workshop in Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire from September 21 to 23, 2022. The workshop sought to analyse and operationalize the technical issues that emerged from the fifth round of the Political Dialogue which took place from December 2021 to March 2022 in Côte d'Ivoire. The workshop focussed specifically on the legal and institutional framework for elections.

In attendance were twenty-one political parties from across the political spectrum, six national Civil Society Organizations, three ministries, four national institutions and three international organizations. Participants reached consensus on fifteen key recommendations related to 4 thematic areas that had been the subject of discussion during the fifth round of the Political Dialogue.

A document containing the recommendations was formally signed by all the representatives of pollical parties, civil society organizations and national institutions in attendance.

2021

Gender policy and implementation plan

Sep 2021

EISA developed a draft gender and inclusion policy document and submitted it to the electoral commission in September. Due to the challenges of having to conduct an election less than two months after the approval of a new electoral law, the commission was unable to review the draft policy until after the October election.

2018

Parliamentary committee overseeing legal reform

14 - 15 Apr 2018

On 14 and 15 April EISA trained and provided technical advice to the fourth parliamentary committee, also known as the Committee on Public Administration and Local Government, on the impact of a pending constitutional amendment on electoral legislation. On 18 June EISA made an oral submission to the committee during a public hearing on the content of the pending amendment. At the request of the parliamentary caucus of the main opposition party, Renamo, EISA also provided training and technical assistance to 23 senior members of the caucus on 8 June on the content of the proposed electoral legislation, to help define their position vis-à-vis the draft Bill. In line with the proportion of women in the Renamo parliamentary caucus (32.6%), seven women MPs (a little above 30%) participated. The other two party parliamentary caucuses did not request EISA‘s support.

Gender disaggregated data

EISA provided advisory services to the electoral commission on two main levels. Firstly, it impressed upon the commission the usefulness of having gender-disaggregated voting data to better inform civic and voter education (CVE) and contribute to a greater understanding of gender-based voting dynamics and participation. Secondly, EISA advised the commission on different ways of collecting gender-based voting data, either by having a statistics officer at each polling station to collect data (the Zimbabwean model) or using copies of the manual voters‘ roll, where voter names are crossed off, and transferring the information to the electronic voters‘ roll, from which data can be produced digitally. The commission adopted the second option and has informed EISA that the voting database is now able to generate gender-disaggregated data, which will be processed and published in early 2019.

Poll watchers trained

Ahead of the Nampula mayoral election EISA trained a total of 802 party agents as poll watchers. The training covered key elements of electoral legislation, election-day procedures, including complaints, and key issues to look out for based on past experience.