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.
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.
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.
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.