Launching new project - PACTE- Burkina Faso

The European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) is proud to announce the signature of the “Project to Support the Credibility and Transparency of Elections in Burkina Faso” (PACTE-BF Projet d’Appui à la Crédibilité et à la Transparence des Elections au Burkina Faso (PACTE-BF).

The signature and launching ceremony took place on 28 May 2015 in the conference room of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Ambassadors and representatives of donor countries participated at the event.


The signature and launching ceremony of PACTE-BF was attended by:  his Excellency Mr. Alain HOLLEVILLE, Ambassador and Chief of the Delegation of the European Union; His Excellency Mr. Gilles THIBAULT, Ambassador of France; His Excellency Dr. Dietrich POHL, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; Mr. Walter EHMEIR, Bureau Chief  at the Austrian Embassy, Mr. Georges TERNES Chargé d’affaires a.i. for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and His Excellency  Mr. Bo JENSEN, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark.


On this occasion, the INEC of Burkina Faso, first beneficiary of PACTE-BF, was represented by its president, Mr. Barthélemy Kéré, and ECES, the organization in charge of implementing the project, was represented by its Executive Director, Mr. Fabio Bargiacchi.


The event was the occasion for project’s donors, namely the European Union, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the French Republic, to make official their support to the electoral process of Burkina Faso through the signature of the project’s financial agreement. The INEC President also signed the agreement.


The project, whose duration is of 14 months, will be implemented by ECES in partnership with the Osservatorio di Pavia and the Center for Creative Leadership. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Burkina Faso will be involved in the implementation of all activities.


The global objective of PACTE-BF is to contribute to organize credible, transparent and peaceful elections in Burkina Faso through the strengthening of electoral stakeholders’ capacities.


This project will be based on the electoral cycle approach with specific activities to be implemented during the pre-electoral, the electoral and the post-electoral phases. Project’s activities are related to eight specific components, namely:

- Component 1. Legal support

- Component 2. Capacity building

- Component 3. Monitoring of the media and institutional communication

- Component 4. Operational support

- Component 5. Consultative frameworks with political parties

- Component 6. Election Materials

- Component 7. Transmission of electoral results

- Component 8. Preparation for municipal elections


Within a transition context, also characterized by a historical low turnout, PACTE-BF will focus on the activities precisely aimed at reinforcing the transparence and credibility of the electoral process and lowering the possibilities of electoral related conflicts.