Welcome to the website of the PEV-SADC project

This website welcomes you to the project in support of Preventing Electoral Violence in the Countries of the Southern African Development Community (PEV-SADC). The project will be conducted in the SADC countries targeting civil society organisations over a period of two years. The overall objective is to prevent electoral violence in the Southern African Countries, through support to SADC-Electoral Support Network. These objectives are achieved through capacity building and the establishment of an Observatory on Electoral Violence in the SADC. The project is implemented by a consortium led by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) in partnership with Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN). The project is funded by the European Union.

LEAD Training I Lusaka I Zambia I 5-9 Oct 2015

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Within the ongoing project Preventing Electoral Violence in the SADC Region (PEV-SADC), the European Centre for Electoral Support conducted a Leadership and Conflict Management for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD) training in Lusaka, Zambia.

The training took place between 05 - 09 October 2015 to create the necessary tools and capacity among civil society organisations to actively participate as domestic observers in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Management representatives from the main organisations, including civil society, the police and the ECZ, were present at the opening day of the workshop.

The first day was dedicated to strategic planning and needs assessment in order to focus the training on the real needs of local partners. One day was specifically dedicated to conflict management theories and techniques; one day covered civic and voter education practices whereas the last two days addressed election monitoring including, but not limited to, electoral/legal framework for elections, cascade training for domestic observers, election day procedures and observation forms, reporting and communication, structure of monitoring group, among others.

Three facilitators conducted the workshop: Victoria Florinder, ECES Election Conflict Management Advisor; Claudio Giulietti, Electoral Training and Operations Advisor; and Richard Cox, Senior Electoral Advisor. Two members of the ECZ as well as one representative from the Police presented sessions of the workshop.

Youth and women's organisations were trained as part of the civil society alliance in Zambia. Apart from enhancing local capacity to conduct election monitoring and civic/voter education, the workshop served to increase public awareness on election-related violence.

BRIDGE thematic module on the Legal Framework in Maputo, Mozambique, 27-29 October 2015

IMG 4846The European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) in collaboration with the ObservatorioEleitoral (member organization of the SADC Election Support Network) and the Technical Secretariat of the Electoral Administration (STAE), conducted a BRIDGE thematic module on the Legal Framework in Maputo, Mozambique.

The training took place between 27-29 October 2015 to strengthen the knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework for elections and to provide the necessary tools to deepen understanding of the Code of Conduct, the electoral system, voter and candidate registration, campaign financing, campaign expenditures, access to the media, freedom of expression, the voting process, counting and tabulation of results, the role of candidates, party agents and observers, among others. This workshop served also as a platform to foster the discussion over the reform of the legal framework of the Mozambican electoral process.

The BRIDGE legal module was held in a very delicate moment of Mozambican politics when there is an ongoing process of electoral reform that should involve all actors of the Mozambican society. The workshop aimed at enabling members of the electoral administration, civil society and political parties to open a fruitful and constructive discussion on the electoral reform process and take an active role in the decision making process of such reform.

Thethree-day training was organized under the PEV-SADC, a project in support of preventing electoral violence in the SADC region (Southern African Development Community).The project is financed by the European Union and it is implemented by the European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) in collaboration with its local partners: Observatório Eleitoraland the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE).

The training was fully conducted in Portuguese at hotel Cardoso in Maputo and comprised all of the topics related to the legal and regulatory framework for elections. The level of participation and commitment was very high throughout and the 28 participants included representatives of political parties (MDM, FRELIMO, PDD, RENAMO, PIMO, Partido Ecologista and Partido Trabalhista), the media (Rádio MozambiqueandTelevisão Miramar), the Technical Secretariat of the Electoral Administration (STAE), members of the CNE and a large representation of civil society organizations dealing with the electoral process such as the Associação Moçambicana de Educação Cívica (AMOD), Centro de Estudo de Democracia e Desenvolvimento (CEDE),Instituto de Educação Cívica (FECIV), Organização de Resolução de Conflitos (OREC), andInstituto de Diretoresas well as academic figures and researchers in law.

Four facilitators conducted the workshop: FelisbertoNaife (STAE General Director), Claudio AlbasineLanga (Director of Training and Voter Education Department of the STAE), Rodrigues Timba (CNE Vocal), and Augusta Almeida (member of the Observatorio Electoral).

To date, four trainings were organized in Mozambique in the framework of the PEV-SADC project: two trainings in Leadership and Conflict Management for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD), one BRIDGE Training of Trainers and one BRIDGE Module on the Legal Framework.

Previous trainings in Mozambique permitted to semi-accredit 25 facilitators in the BRIDGE methodology and to train 50 participants in leadership and conflict management. The BRIDGE Legal module permitted fully accredit one facilitator (Augusta Almeida) and to certify 28 trainees. This training is the first of a series of workshops that ECES organized in Maputo in collaboration with its partners: the STAE and the ObservatórioEleitoral. ECES will organize two more BRIDGE modules on 11-13 November (Introduction to Electoral Administration) and on 16-19 November 2015 (Electoral Dispute Resolution and Electoral Security) respectively.


LEAD training in Zanzibar, 8 – 12 June 2015

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Within the context of PEV-SADC project, ECES carried out a  LEAD training in Stone Town, Zanzibar, on the 8th – 12th June 2015.

The training was part of an inception mission (2nd – 15th of June 2015) aimed at fine-tuning an EU funded Project that will be implemented by ECES during 12 months, covering the general elections in October 2015.

The opening day of the workshop, meant not only to train local partners in conflict management, but also establish a permanent project working group in a true collaborative fashion, was attended by the EU Delegation in Dar es Salaam via Ms. Luana Reale, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Political, Information and Press section as well as Anna-Maria Tammi, who joined the Delegation last year as a JPO.

The inception mission members and thus workshop facilitators, consisted of ECES' Executive Director, Fabio Bargiacchi, Senior Electoral Advisor and Project Coordinator, Anne-Sofie Holm Gerhard, Senior Electoral Advisor  and Victoria Florinder, Election Conflict Management Advisor.

An African Election

  • The film  “An African Election”, produced and directed by Jarreth Merz, documents the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana and is used in several project activities. It provides an unprecedented tool for inspiring and educating all electoral stakeholders in how a well-implemented electoral process can bring about peaceful power
    transitions and democratic continuity in situations that could otherwise have resulted in conflict.

Filming democracy in Ghana

  • Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Ghanaian filmmaker, and talks about his journey while filming the 2008 Ghanaian elections during the TED talks in Edinburgh. He is currently workinr
    on citizen sensitisation in Madagascar in the framework of the PACTE project and will be presenting in selected LEAD workshops in the SADC region.

Partner consortium

The project consortium consists of three partner organisations specialised in capacity building in the field of electoral-related violence in the SADC region: the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the Southern African Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN).