Work­shop en­hances elec­toral risk man­age­ment

Fiji Sun - - Election Countdown 2018 - Source: Fiji Elec­tions Of­fice Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fi­jian Elec­tions Of­fice [FEO] is cur­rently fa­cil­i­tat­ing a two-day train­ing work­shop on the Elec­toral Risk Man­age­ment (ERM) Tool to as­sist in en­hanc­ing elec­tion re­lated risk man­age­ment. The ERM Tool is a pro­gramme de­vel­oped by In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Democ­racy and Elec­toral As­sis­tance, an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing sus­tain­able democ­racy world­wide.

It is used to col­lect, and an­a­lyse data to iden­tify and cre­ate strate­gies to pre­vent and mit­i­gate risk­fac­tors dur­ing an elec­tion. Su­per­vi­sor of Elec­tions Mo­hammed Sa­neem said there was no such tool cur­rently in Fiji or any other coun­try in the Pa­cific. “This tool will al­low the FEO to carry out an in-depth anal­y­sis of risk fac­tors at each polling venue also greatly in­crease our abil­ity to man­age risks for the next Gen­eral Elec­tion,” Mr Sa­neem said. Ac­cord­ing to In­ter­na­tional IDEA, the ERM tool is cur­rently be­ing used by elec­toral man­age­ment bod­ies in Nige­ria and Nepal and will soon be rolled out in six African coun­tries over the next three years in part­ner­ship with the African Union (AU). The train­ing work­shop is be­ing at­tended by FEO staff, the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion against Cor­rup­tion, the Fiji Hu­man Rights and Anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion and mem­bers of the Fiji Po­lice Force. Se­nior pro­gramme of­fi­cer Adhy Aman and elec­toral risk man­age­ment as­sis­tant Di­wan Pant from In­ter­na­tional IDEA are here to train par­tic­i­pants on the us­age of the pro­gramme. In his open­ing re­marks, Mr Sa­neem re­minded par­tic­i­pants of the need to learn and ef­fec­tively use the ERM tool. “Many such tools have been de­vel­oped in the past, but end up be­ing put in a tool­box in­stead of be­ing fully utilised,” Mr Sa­neem said. The two-day train­ing work­shop is be­ing at­tended by FEO staff, the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion against Cor­rup­tion, the Fiji Hu­man Rights and Anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion and mem­bers of the Fiji Po­lice Force.

Photo: Fiji Elec­tions Of­fice

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