Voter and civic education

Updated July 2010

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Country Notes
ANGOLA National Electoral Commission (CNE) is tasked by law with voter and civic education through use of the media
BOTSWANA Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) not tasked by law with civic and voter education, but has set as one of goals
DRC Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) tasked with civic and voter education but lacks resources; NGOs undertake it but lack resources to reach rural areas
LESOTHO Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) tasked by law to "promote knowledge of sound democratic electoral processes"
MADAGASCAR Voter and civic education is the responsibility of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), but is undertaken through partnerships with civil society organisations
MALAWI Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) tasked by law with conducting voter and civic education
MAURITIUS Neither electoral management bodies nor civil society organisation engage in voter education, nor is any need for it felt
MOZAMBIQUE National Electoral Commission (CNE) responsible for promoting civic education through civic society and the mass media
NAMIBIA Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) must supervise, direct, control and promote voter education in respect of elections. Accredits voter education bodies
SEYCHELLES Electoral Commissioner's Office not tasked by law with civic and voter education, but has Voter Education Department
SOUTH AFRICA Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) tasked with promoting "knowledge of sound and democratic electoral processes" and with promoting voter education
SWAZILAND Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) responsible for facilitating civic and voter education
TANZANIA National Election Commission (NEC) tasked by law with civic and voter education, but lacks resources to fulfil mandate
ZAMBIA Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) tasked by law with voter and civic education; private instances permitted to, providing they are impartial and independent of political parties and that they promote conditions for free and fair elections
ZANZIBAR Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) tasked by law with civic and voter education
ZIMBABWE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) provides voter education, regulates NGO civic education content and funding