EISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ECCAS, in 2010 to implement programme work in support of our vision. By supporting the ECCAS EISA seeks to contribute to improving its election observation in an effort to promote credible democratic elections on the region, as mandated by international and regional election benchmarks for the conduct and monitoring of elections.
Initially work was conducted by EPP from EISA's Head Office in Johannesburg, but as a result of successful collaboration, and to deepen the relationship between them and to facilitate their joint work, in April 2015 EISA opened its Central Africa regional office in Gabon. However, EPP continued to provide specialised expertise to the region when called on by EISA Central Africa regional office.
17-19 Jul 2019
Justin Doua, EPP Programme Manager co-facilitated a regional election observation training in collaboration with the EISA Central African regional office. The training was conducted in Douala, Cameroon from 17 to 19 July 2019 with 22 participants in attendance. Through this activity EISA further contributed to strengthening the capacity of ECCAS to assess and support electoral processes in the region.
2019 Cecile Bassomo, EPP Programme Manager, collaborated with the EISA Central African regional office to support the joint ECCAS - COMESA PAM in the DRC. This was the first time that EISA provided support to the ECCAS - COMESA tandem in a pre-election engagement. The joint PAM accorded ECCAS and COMESA an opportunity to formally discuss their prospective election engagements in the DRC and explore possibilities of deploying a joint ECCAS - COMESA EOM ahead of tripartite elections in the DRC.
EISA deployed an electoral expert to be embedded at the ECCAS secretariat in January 2015, establishing a Central Africa regional office, as part of the terms of the MoU signed between the organisations in 2010.
ECCAS Secretariat in early 2015, EISA and ECCAS jointly facilitated a capacity building workshop in São Tomé and Príncipe from 22-26 September 2014. Participants at the workshop were drawn from the National Electoral Commission (CNE), the judiciary, security forces, the media and civil society. The objective of the workshop was to prepare them for their roles in the 14 October 2014 parliamentary, regional and local elections. EISA also provided support to the ECCAS mission deployed to the 14 October 2014 elections in São Tomé and Príncipe by deploying a technical expert to the mission. The expert contributed to the technical aspects of the EOM through advisory support and contributing to its assessment of the elections.
In June 2010, EISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).