The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) advisors in Dakar to launch the Project in Support of the Electoral Process in Senegal, (Projet d’Appui au Processus Electoral du Sénégal – PAPE SENEGAL).
On Tuesday 21st February, Fabio Bargiacchi, ECES Executive Director and Project Coordinator, with Paulo Marques, Head of Administration and Finance and Valeria Aldighieri, Projet Officer, held a meeting with the First Secretary of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs Julia Teyssen, and Mr Tanor Thiendella Fall, Head of Directorate-General for Elections (DGE) accompanied by his staff.
During the meeting, DG Mr Fall emphasized the experience and expertise acquired and consolidated by the election administration of Senegal, organizing elections over the years: “presidential elections in 2000 ensured the political alternation, 2012 elections, in spite of serious challenges, were not contested. Furthermore, 2016 referendum was organised by the election administration in only one month time”.
Notwithstanding, DGE intends to further strengthening the capacity of its staff and has expressed a need for training and support, particularly in the area of public information, civic education and sensitization of voters. DG Fall also outlined additional priorities, such as the dissemination of new electoral code, the prevention of electoral conflict and the creation of a documentation centre and archive.
Further discussion have been taking place during working meetings with the election administration, also attended by Mrs Adina Borcan, Public Information Advisor and Mrs Lucia Scotton, Public Outreach and civic education Advisor, who joined the team respectively on 22nd February and 1st March.
Since her presence in the country, Mrs Borcan works closely with the DGE Head of Training and Communication, Mr Bernard Casimir Demba Cisse. Together they have conceived and produced various visibility material for the Training seminar for journalists, such as banners, roll-up and flyers. More than 50 journalists attended the seminar on the changes on the electoral code, which was held on Tuesday 28 February in Dakar,
Public Outreach and civic education advisor, Mme Lucia Scotton, ensures support for the election administration capacity building in the field of public outreach, sensitization and the development of citizens’ awareness.
The project’s staff was very well received and welcome by the electoral administration and was provided with office spaces with the DGE. DG Fall also facilitated all logistic and administrative steps to ensure the launch of the project and the setting up of the experts. ECES is pleased about the project launch and for the establishment of good partnership with the Directorate-General for Elections of Senegal.