Voters' List Audit
The Project in Support of the Electoral Process in Senegal (PAPES), financed by the German Ministry of foreign affairs and implemented by the European Center for Electoral Support (ECES), supports the General Direction for Elections (DGE), in an inclusive approach with all actors involved, in the audit of the Senegalese electoral voters list with terms of reference particularly focused on political dialogue accords.
Based on a broader definition, an audit is a shared methodic process, which requires to be documented through independent activities and with the overall objective to provide a solid control of its operations with recommendations destined to improve these operations.
An audit of the voters' list covers the whole process of electors' registration spanning from the planning of the registration process to the registration of the administrative commissions with data processing from the direction for automated files (DAF) of DGE. This will also include the publication of definitive electoral lists used by polling stations as well as the production and distribution voters' ID cards. This work will be monitored by CENA, which will be included in the audit exercise.
After a call for applications, four international and independent experts have been selected to form a team for the audit of the Senegalese voters' list.
This team has been deployed on January 15th, 2018 and have conducted the audit in all-inclusiveness of the various actors involved. The team includes a legal expert (chief of mission), Mr. Pierre Weiss, along with three IT experts, Mr. Fabien Marie (specialized in biometrics), Mr. Alfa Pama (specialized in data analysis), Mr. Séraphin Kouaho (specialized in database).
The missions' methodology, based on the terms of reference adopted by the « Cadre de Concertation sur le Processus Électoral (CCPE) » in December 2017, emphasizes the following objectives for the audit:
- Answer to the various demands and questions of actors and citizens on the redesign and renewal process of biometric ID cards for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in guise of electors' card;
- Identify the weak links of the current registration system and determine improvements to be applied;
- Identify possible anomalies noted by various actors and determine improvements or corrections to be applied;
- Provide recommendations aimed to improve the well-functioning of registration of electoral operations and identification system.
During the first week, the expert team has had the occasion to meet with the international community during the meeting held at the European Delegation with the political parties' representatives and the National Autonomous Electoral Commission (CENA) and share the methodological documents for the mission.
ECES' Executive Director, Fabio Bargiacchi introduced the support led by the project during the Senegalese electoral process, later, after briefly introducing the methodology, the Executive Director left the floor to the team of experts that presented operational approach of this audit and answered questions from the audience.
At the of the mission, a restitution workshop will be held counting the presence of all actors involved in order to present the results leading to the finalization of the end of mission report.