EISA CAR organized a 3-day workshop (from 11 to 13 March 2015) to the Ledger Hotel Plaza in Bangui(CAR). The workshop theme was: "Capacity building workshop for facilitators in civic and voter education" and attracted 54 participants, including 20 women.
The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of some organizations of the Civil Society in civic and voter education in order to promote full and effective participation in various phases of the electoral process.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
The workshop was a success because it was the first event for NGOs involved in civic and voter education since the beginning of transition. As such, the workshop was attended by representatives of UNDP, the MINUSCA, EU, ECCAS and the AU. The vice president of ANE (the Electoral Commission) made a speech at the opening ceremony of the workshop.
A workshop for the Cadre de concertation (Consultation committee) was conducted on Saturday 6 December 2014. A week before, the draft amendment to the Electoral Code was tabled in Parliament for adoption, was the Bill was dismissed as inadequate. The Consultative Committee has the task of reviewing and correcting the Bill. Thus the role played by EISA was much appreciated and its work has come to the attention of a broad range of political actors. EISA is widely regarded as an NGO contributing to CAR's by funding a critical workshop for the country.
The participants were divided into three groups:
The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Interior and enhanced by the presence of several other dignitaries including the President of the Authority Elections, the Minister of Finance, and the Secretary General of the Government. Three speeches were made for the occasion: the President of the Consultative Committee (Discours d'ouverture), EISA CAR and the Minister of the Interior Element du discours.
The workshop was conducted with the support of the President of the ANE (electoral commission) who explained the merits of the decision to reconsider biometrics for now. By the end of the workshop there was a convergence of viewpoints on matters such as computerized registration, with photos of voters, and the harmonising of the date of parliamentary and presidential elections.
As a result of the workshop a working group was set up to draft a report and also the draft amendment to the Electoral Code, with EISA CAR participating in these processes.
With consensus attained, the ANE can raise the matters with the Government so that the necessary adjustments to legal framework can be made and adopted by Parliament.
With the assistance of EISA the ANE can also now call for tenders for the supply of voter registration equipment.