Impacted by globalization, the general context of elections has been evolving, either, in terms of emerging technologies, regional political instability, or conflicts. It is in this sense that we have produced and published this paper to constantly adapt our approach to the electoral sphere. This document was produced as well in regard to the existing partnership between ECES and the African Union Commission’s Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AUC-PAPS), and our joint project namely the “Pro-Electoral Integrity”, a project in Support of Electoral Integrity in Africa, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

This publication comes and is intended to contribute to the upcoming 7th Annual Continent Forum of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) on 14-15 November 2022 in Maputo Mozambique. An event supported by ECES in the context of the Pro Electoral Integrity project as mentioned above.

In this publication we aim to provide guidance on how to craft a sound strategic plan, departing from the constitutional and legal basis of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs). A strategic plan should always spell out the vision, mission, and broader objectives of the EMB, but needs also to be responsive to emerging and evolving challenges. This document, therefore, calls for innovative solutions and methods on how to build effective strategies to deliver elections, considering their biggest challenges.

In this sense, a strategic plan will give the opportunity to EMBs to plan upcoming elections and establish the structure they need to effectively deliver their election and the upcoming ones. Bringing therefore numerous benefits to EMBs such as facilitating stakeholders’ participation in electoral processes, enabling voters' trust, linking EMBs departments, improving leadership skills, setting clear objectives, while addressing associated risks, determining and mobilizing resources, as well as developing the best practices, taking advantage of promising innovations, technologies, trends, and building on lessons learned. Thus, giving the EMBs the opportunity to position themselves as credible, professional, and accountable.

We are very proud to have gathered our expertise and share best practices and comparative experiences on how to use tools (like Quality management principles) aimed at addressing existing challenges in EMBs strategies while ensuring effective methods to improve on eventual gaps.

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