ECES just signed a new EU-funded project to Prevent, Mitigate and Manage Election-Related Conflict and Potential Violence in South Africa (PEV-SA). The project will be jointly implemented by ECES and the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).
The project was signed by the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, Glen Mashinini, the Deputy Secretary General of the European Union External Action Services, Christian Leffler and by ECES’ Executive Director Fabio Bargiacchi.
ECES has been proudly working with the IEC South Africa for several years in the framework of the regional election conflict prevention project, PEV SADC. The IEC is one of the most capable and effective electoral management bodies in Africa, held as example in the continent and beyond, also when it comes to share its comparative experiences.
The overall objective of the project PEV-SA is to support the prevention, mitigation and management of election-related conflicts and potential violence that may arise prior to, during and after the 2019 general elections.
The specific objectives are to:
- Enhance leadership and conflict management capacities among key players such as the coordinators and volunteers of the provincial conflict mediation panels;
- Revive existing peace infrastructures and connect its work to the province conflict mediation panels by providing secretariat services i.e. coordination, inclusion in capacity building, institutional support;
- Support regional/international peer exchange meant to bridge the IEC with EMBs in other countries in order to share best practices pertaining to conflict prevention and management.
ECES thanks for the trust the IEC South Africa and the EU Delegation and will do its utmost to implement this project at best. For the identification and formulation process two persons from IEC and ECES had the lead. The Senior Manager for Electoral Matters of IEC, Granville Abrahams who has contributed to several of ECES Leadership and Conflict Management Training Programs (LEAD) and shared the South African experience in election conflict prevention in the SADC countries in the last four years within our regional SADC project.
Apart from his valuable contributions, on behalf of the IEC South Africa, to these activities, Mr Abrahams has been key in the identification and formulation of this project together with the Senior Electoral Conflict Management Advisor of ECES, Victoria Florinder, who is coordinating all ECES activities in this area that became one of the specialisation of ECES, thanks also to her. ECES is looking forward to implement activities jointly with the IEC and EU Delegation in South Africa.