ECES in Maputo

The European Centre for Electoral Support represented by Fabio Bargiacchi, ECES’ Executive Director, has been invited to moderate sessions during the  International Electoral Affairs Symposium and International Electoral Awards organised by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS, in cooperation with the Mozambique Electoral Commission (CNE). 


This event is the 13th International Electoral Affairs Symposium and International Electoral Awards and it’s held in Maputo, in Mozambique, on the 05th and the 06th December 2016. The event brings together international election management bodies, NGOs, donor agencies and other electoral stakeholders to share their experience, discuss challenges in election management and strengthen international relations. Furthermore, in the context of the country,  the event serves as platform for reflection on the previous electoral process and will lead national electoral stakeholder’s to the improvement and redefinition of the orientation strategies for the electoral process 2017-2020, as highlighted by Mr.Sheik Abdul Carimo Nordine Sau, Chairman of the CNE. 

Fabio Bargiacchi moderates two panels, the first on “Improving Data and Information Exchange before, during and Post-Elections” and the second on “An Analysis of Elections in 2016”. The agenda of the event is available on 

Several Electoral Commissions are represented at this event: the Independent Electoral Commission of Guinea, President Mr. Bakary Fofana, the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Commissioner Mrs Alberthina Nangolo, the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso, electoral expert and former President Mr. Barthelemy Kere and the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, Commissioner Mr. Terry Tselane. 

Electoral Commissions of Cameroon, India, Palestine, Tanzania, Philippines, Mauritius, Guyana and Georgia are also represented at the event. 

From starting next week, the project “Preventing electoral violence in the countries of the southern African development community” (PEV-SADC,” funded by the European Union (75%), cofounded (25%) and implemented by ECES and Electoral Support Network of Southern Africa (ESN-SA) will organise a LEAD training in Maputo. The “Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders – LEAD” training will be held from the 12th to the 16th of December in Maputo, for the Mozambique Electoral Commission (CNE) and the Technical Secretariat for Election Management (STAE). 


LEAD training uses education techniques with an interaction-based approach. Indeed, instead of relying on conventional teaching methods such as lecturing, LEAD focuses on practical problem solving. The training uses cases that electoral stakeholders actually face, promoting experience sharing among the participants. The purpose of this methodology is to provide content of direct relevance to participants' concerns as well as to deliver this content in a creative manner. By promoting a practical and interactive learning experience, LEAD encourages participants to think outside the box in order to bring creative and innovating ideas to the table.


Due to the flexibility of LEAD’s training curriculum, the five-days training in Maputo will be customised to bring more focus on Gender policies and equality in managing electoral conflicts.


PEV-SADC project has already delivered several LEAD and BRIDGE trainings. A BRIDGE Training of Trainers in October 2013 and three BRIDGE modules in October and November 2015. 


A LEAD training has been delivered in Maputo in September 2014 and it has been the first occasion for the key players from various fields, namely political parties, media, civil society organisations and observer groups, to come together ahead of the general elections of November 2014. Participants of the one-week training worked together and truckled various topics pertinent to the Mozambican context when it comes to conflict management and leadership.  


The PEV-SADC project will continue to support Mozambicans’ electoral stakeholders’ and to strength their capacity to face challenges of electoral cycle approach.