Timor Leste Hosts Regional BRIDGE Workshop on Financing Elections

International IDEA together with the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) and UNDP Timor Leste are jointly organizing a Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshop on the financing of elections on 26-28 August in Dili, Timor Leste.

Dili, Timor-Leste – BRIDGE, a modular professional development program focused on elections, is designed to improve skills, knowledge and confidence through active-learning methodology on general principles of sound financial planning. BRIDGE, an initiative of five leading organisations – the Australian Election Commission, International IDEA, IFES, UNEAD and UNDP – has been conducted in more than 100 countries, for over 15,000 participants.

This three-day workshop intends to generate feedback on the financing of elections module before it is officially launched in late 2019.

Holding of such event is quite timely as Timor Leste is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Popular Consultation. Twenty years ago, on 30th August, the Timorese people exercised their right to self-determination and voted overwhelmingly for independence.

Participants at the workshop: Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections

Around 30 election officials, professionals and electoral reform advocates from Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malawi are participating at this BRIDGE workshop. Also, attending are officials and staff from STAE, the National Election Commission of Timor Leste, IFES Indonesia, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Indonesian Election Commission, Union Election Commission of Myanmar, Election Commission of Malaysia, the Philippines’ Commission on Election and the Election Commission of Thailand. Civil society is also well-presented with representatives from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), Netgrit, National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Rainmaker Myanmar, Open Forum for Democracy Foundation attending the event.

Elections are the cornerstone of democratic governance and political stability. For democratic countries, elections are the largest and most complex logistical undertaking a country faces every few years. Regardless of where they are, election management bodies (EMBs) face numerous challenges in organizing elections. EMBs rely on committed, ethical and professional officials capable of delivering wide-range of tasks related to organizing elections.

Please contact Erik Asplund, e.asplund@idea.int if you have any questions about the Financing of Elections module.

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