Southern Africa Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN)

SADC-ESN-logo-webThe Southern Africa Development Community Election Support Network (SADC-ESN) is a network of fifteen election-based organizations in Southern Africa that recognise the inextricable link between elections as the foundation of any functional democracy, and the centrality of the observance of Human Rights in the conduct of the electoral cycle; particularly given the record of Human rights abuses in the region. The Network seeks to coordinate the efforts of election observation by domestic observer groups in the SADC region, as well as enhance the channels of communication between regional domestic observer groups with a focus on the conduct of elections according to International Human Rights Standards, and the dissemination of information to the wider public. The SADC ESN aims to build the capacity of individual members and the establishment of regional best practices, through mutual reinforcement and dialogue. It is envisioned that the SADC ESN will form a unified lobby for electoral reform with particular emphasis on the domestication of international instruments on Human Rights and lobbying, advocating for the signing and ratification of the African Charter on Elections and Democracy.

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).