EISA Mozambique contributed to the exposure to best practices by the Mozambican Election Management Bodies by supporting peer-to-peer exchanges between the Mozambican National Electoral Commission and their counterparts in Germany, Angola and Portugal, where CNE commissioners had the opportunity to observe the management of elections in July, August and September, respectively.
EISA Mozambique also motivated the CNE to implement methodologies and mechanisms to enable the collection, recording and publication of disaggregated gender and age data related to voter registration and voting.
EISA Mozambique also contributed to increased inclusiveness, fairness, balance, and transparency in Mozambican electoral processes through (i) the ongoing development of a draft CNE Gender and Inclusion Policy and (ii) support for the setting up of a new and modern website for the Mozambican EMBs, where stakeholders and the general public will have access to up-to-date information related to elections in Mozambique.
According to the new electoral legislation, eight of the 13 members of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) should be proposed by CSOs, and six of the eleven members of provincial and district/city commissions should also come from civil society. All these new members from civil society had no experience in election management. In the period under review, EISA successfully assisted an important coalition of election CSOs in designing and implementing a transparent and participatory nationwide selection process to identify civil society candidates for the CNE and its 11 provincial and 135 district/city subordinate bodies. The process, which took place over a period of seven months, was widely praised by the media and political parties for its groundbreaking transparency and inclusiveness. EISA also designed a capacity-building programme for the new EMB and its decentralised representations, to address their lack of knowledge and experience in election management. This capacity-building programme included:
All ten BRIDGE training modules were translated into Portuguese and adapted to the Mozambican electoral legislation. A training chedule was developed in order to deliver training in two one-week sessions for the CNE and one one-week session for each of the 11 provincial electoral commissions. By the end of the year, training had not been implemented due to time constraints on the part of the electoral commissioners. Towards the end of 2007, the preparations for the upcoming municipal, provincial, and general elections faced serious challenges,especially around the voter registration process. EISA arranged for the participation of a member of the CNE and the Director- General of Technical Secretariat for Electoral Assistance (STAE) in a regional technical workshop on voter registration to allow the Mozambican EMBs to access and discuss regional best practices in voter registration, and draw lessons for Mozambique.