Reinforcing credibility and acceptance of electoral processes
The role of electoral stakeholders and electoral administrations
Under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan, the European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held from 7-11 April 2014 a five workshop on the theme “Reinforcing credibility and acceptance of electoral processes: The role of electoral stakeholders and electoral administrations”.
The workshop was co-organised by the EC-UNDP Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance (JTF) in cooperation with the Jordan’s Independent Election Commission and the SIDA-funded UNDP Regional Electoral Support Project for Middle East and North Africa.
The event brought together 250 participants including 47 delegations from Electoral Management Bodies, electoral practitioners, international electoral experts and representatives of international organisations active in the field of electoral assistance from 70 different countries.
The workshop discussed issues of main concern for electoral administrators such as the role that each stakeholder should play in the electoral process and what is their impact on the credibility and acceptance of elections.
As well as what can electoral administrations do to promote the involvement of all stakeholders in order to enhance the credibility and acceptance of the process Experiences from different countries, lessons learned and best practices were discussed.
Based on the discussions participants came up with recommendations on the matter.
The summary report of the workshop including the recommendations formulated by the participants will be published in the forthcoming months.
Key principles that promote the credibility of electoral processes and acceptance of resultsHiroko Miyamura, Team Leader Country Support, UN Electoral Assistance Division, Department of Political Affairs
- The role and impact of political parties and candidates in ensuring credible and accepted elections Dr. Arianit Shehu, Senior Country Director, National Democratic Institute (NDI) Jordan
- What mechanisms can electoral administrations put in place to increase the collaboration with political parties and candidates? Francisco Cobos-Flores, Independent electoral expert
- What is the role and responsibility of electoral authorities and electoral contenders in a potentially conflict situation? Salvador Nava-Gomar, Justice, Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, Mexico
- What mechanisms can electoral administrations and political parties put in place to combat electoral fraud and political corruption? Hermann Thiel, Chief of Party IFES Jordan
- Money in politics. Should electoral administration have a role in monitoring party financing and electoral campaign financing? Carlos Navarro, Director of International Studies and Projects, Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE)
- Is a code of conduct sufficient to ensure that political parties and candidates abide to an electoral contest? What should be the role of an electoral administration? Jerome Scheltens, Programme Manager Tanzania and Libya, The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)
- Bosnia Herzegovina: How does the Central Election Commission deal with political parties and ethnicities issues? Irena Hadziabdic, Member of the Central Election Commission, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The Americas: The challenge of accepting electoral results Manuel Carrillo, Chief of Staff, International Affairs Unit, Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE)
- Liberia: The role and impact of political parties and candidates in ensuring credible and accepted elections C.A. Lamin Lighe, Executive Director, National Elections Commission of Liberia
- Pakistan: Lessons learned from recent experience Syed Sher Afgan, Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan
- Madagascar: The participation of political parties within the EMB deliberations: challenges and opportunities Beatrice Attalah, President of the Independent National Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENI-T) of Madagascar – Fatma Samoura, UNDP Resident Representative in Madagascar
- The role of the media on the overall trust and acceptance of electoral processes Firas Talhouk, Samir Kassir Foundation for Freedom of the Press, Lebanon
- Has social media changed the role of media in electoral processes? Dr. Annette M. Fath-Lihic, Senior Programme Manager Electoral Processes, International IDEA
- Measures that EMBs can take to foster media´s impact on the credibility of the process James Deann, Director, Policy and Learning BBC Media Action
- The Role of Media in the Republic of Guyana Robert Stephen Surujbally, Chairman, EMB republic of Guyana
- Money in politics. Civil society and electoral administration: working together in voter education Vuk Maras Monitoring Program Director, Network for Affirmation of NGO Sector MANS – Montenegro
- Domestic Electoral observation: Impact and responsibility over the electoral process Jerome Scheltens, Programme Manager Tanzania and Libya, The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD)
- Civil Society, a watchdog or an implementing partner? Is there a conflict of interest? Roman Udot, Director of GOLOS regional association, Russia
- Tunisia: Democracy in transition: The role of Civil Society in the electoral process, Lessons learned from the 2011 election and the way forward Mourad Ben Mouelli, Vice President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), Tunisia and Leila Bahria, representative of Marsad Chahed, Tunisia
- Nepal: Efforts made to include civil society, media and observers in the electoral process Neel Kantha Uprety, Chief Election Commissioner Nepal
- Lessons learned from international observation: impact on the credibility of electoral processes Emanuele Giaufret, Head of Division, Democracy and Election Observation European External Action Service
- Palestine: Positioning CEC towards fostering ties with civil society Hisham Kuhail, CEO Central Elections Commission, Palestine and CSO representative from Palestine
- Kenya – The Kenyan election 2013: The role of the media in general and the factual discussion programme Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) Dr. Angela W. Muriithi, Research Manager, East Africa BBC Media Action
- Jordan: Efforts made to include civil society, media and observers in the electoral process Bushra Abu Shahout, Director of Policies and Institutional Development, Independent Election Commission of Jordan
- Domestic Electoral observation: Impact and responsibility over the electoral process Luis Jimbo, President of the Angolan Institute of Electoral Systems and Democracy (IASED)
- GHANA: Accepting Electoral results: Ghana Joint Party Election Results Monitoring Project (J-PERM)
- MALI : Cooperation between electoral stakeholders: The experience of Mali in the post-conflict elections
INTEGRATING GENDER EQUALITY INTO ELECTORAL PROCESSES: STAKEHOLDERS AT WORK
- Mrs. Errebbah Khadija, National Coordinator, member of the Women Democratic Association, Morocco
- Mrs. Mamosebi Pholo, IEC Commissioner, Lesotho
- Mrs. Julie Ballington, Political Participation Advisor, UN Women representative
A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF REGIONAL COOPERATION
- Group 1: EMB and political parties/candidates
- Group 2: EMB and CSOs
- Group 3: EMB and the media
- Group 4: EMB and other state organizations