EISA Niger: Support to the Electoral Commission

Main elements of support to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI; Commission Électorale Nationale Indepéndante) include:

  • Strengthening of operational planning.
  • Strengthening election operations and logistics.
  • Consolidation and dissemination of voting results.
  • Organizational and institutional development.
  • Post-elections review.
Logistical and operational planning capacity enhanced

EISA has assisted the CENI in developing logistical and operational plans. Two experts were engaged who have developed the CENI's knowledge management process by providing technical support in the development of training tools such as manuals for electoral officials as well as a guide for national and international observers.

At the request of CENI, and in order to enhance electoral dispute management, EISA supported the training of 40 judges and clerks of the Courts of First Instance on 17-18 October. On 19-20 October EISA Niger trained more than 325 presidents of the decentralised electoral commissions. These presidents will train presiding officers who, in turn, will train the electoral officials of their polling stations.

Production of electoral documents and handbooks

EISA Niger contributed, alongside other international partners, to the design and finalisation of a series of operational documents and terms of reference needed by CENI. These included a collection of legislative and regulatory texts relating to elections in Niger, training tools for agents operating the logistics chain, practical methodology for the distribution of voter cards, forms at the municipalities level currently used for the distribution of voter cards, and a handbook for the monitoring of field missions for the distribution of voter cards and lists.

EISA also supported the training and briefing of electoral officials involved in the deployment of electoral materials and monitoring the implementation of local logistics plans. EISA provides ongoing advice on strategies and best practice for election results reporting.