The 260 representatives of political parties have started a training on the role that agents of political parties can play in the next general elections of 10 October 2017. This training is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partner, the National Elections Commission (NEC), in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) which is supported by USAID.
All 26 registered political parties were invited to send representatives to participate in the training. These individuals will then train members of their respective parties in areas such as electoral procedures, deployment plans, the roles and responsibilities of political party agents, and the collection of field data.
Political party agents are a key component of the electoral process by providing transparency during voting and counting processes. They act as crucial links between political party headquarters and field level polling stations where they represent political parties’ interests.
The project is supported by UNDP, the European Union, Sweden, Canada and Ireland, and is working in close collaboration with the NEC to strengthen the electoral system thanks to a fund of USD16 million.