2-3 Oct 2014
EISA conducted a two-day training, case study and role-play simulation workshop for political parties in Gaborone, Botswana, on election poll-watching, from 2-3 October 2014. Additionally, partnering with the Department of Political Science of the University of Botswana to conduct context briefing and explanatory sessions on the legal framework for elections, this intervention strengthened the relationship between the two institutions. All five political parties contesting the Botswana elections attended the training workshop.
EISA developed training materials in response to the need expressed by party poll-watchers and poll-watchers for resources to help them in fulfilling their roles and functions. The manuals were designed in line with the country's electoral system, electoral process and relevant legislation.
A regional workshop on poll watching was convened by EISA's Elections and Political Processes under its political party support activities. Representatives from the ruling and main opposition political parties from Southern African countries, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia, attended the workshop.
The workshop provided an environment in which political parties shared their experiences in poll watching and highlighted ways in which they can further their engagement in the electoral process beyond their traditional role as contestants. The workshop highlighted the role that political parties can play in enhancing democracy generally and in promoting election integrity specifically through the election monitoring work that is undertaken by their agents at election time.