Maputo 2013

Sustainability in electoral administration

A five-day thematic workshop on “Sustainability in Electoral Administration: Adequate Resourcing for Credible Elections,” was held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 4th to 8th March 2013.

This joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought together representatives of Electoral Management Bodies from over 45 countries, electoral practitioners, international electoral experts and representatives of international organisations active in the field of electoral assistance, mainly UNDP and EU.

The workshop discussed issues of main concern for electoral administrators such as: What are the different options and models that promote and ensure sustainability in electoral administration?

What is the role of the National Electoral Commissions in ensuring credible, transparent and independent elections?

What is the impact of political parties and other key electoral stakeholders on civic education, electoral process monitoring and election and election observation?

How does the financing of electoral campaigns affect the decision-making process and the democratic governance in general?

The workshop was officially opened by the Mozambican Minister of State Administration, Ms. Carmelita Namashulua and President of the Electoral Commission of Mozambique, Dr. João Leopoldo da Costa.

Keynotes were also delivered by the EU Ambassador to Mozambique, Mr. Paul Malin, as well as by Ms. Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi, Practice Director of the Democratic Governance Group UNDP/BDP, and by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Mozambique, Ms. Jennifer Topping.




  • Libya

    Nuri AlAbbar, Chairman, High National Election Commission Libya
  • Ivory Coast

    Antoine Adou, Conseiller Spécial du Président de la CEI, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Korea

    Kim Jeong-Gon, Director General of International Electoral Affairs, NEC Republic of Korea
  • Sao Tome and Principe

    Elsa Monteverde, Member of NEC, Sao Tome and Principe


  • Iraq

    Safaa Al-Musawi, Spokesperson, IHEC Iraq
  • South Africa

    Terry Tselane, Vice Chairperson, IEC South Africa
  • Angola

    João Damião, Commissioner, CNE Angola
  • Senegal

    Doudou Ndir, Président, CENA Sénégal


  • Egypt

    Tarek Saad, Deputy Head of Policies and Programs Department, Ministry of State for Administrative Development Egypt
  • Afghanistan

    Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, Chief Electoral Officer, IEC Afghanistan
  • Cape Verde

    Arlinda Chantre, Director General, Directorate General in Support of Electoral Processes Cape Verde
  • Sierra Leone

    William Davis, Executive Secretary,Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone
  • UN/DPA electoral assistance policy frameworks and UN electoral assistance evaluations

    Eamon O’Mordha, Team Leader Policy and Institutional Memory, UN Electoral Assistance Division – Niall McCann, UNDP Senior Electoral Assistance Advisor and Coordinator, EC-UNDP Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance
  • EU electoral assistance policy framework

    Teresa Polara, Electoral Assistance Specialist, European Commission – EuropeAid – Development and Cooperation DG
  • The future of international electoral assistance: Moderated panel discussion

    Representatives of EU, EAD, UNDP, IFES, DFID, NDI and Aid Agencies
  • Plenary discussions: summary of issues and recommendations