Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD) training, 20 to 23 April 2015, Antananarivo
In the perspective of the local elections, a Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD) training has been organized in Antananarivo from 20 to 23 April 2015.
The training will benefit not only high level representatives of KMF-CNOE, the SADC Electoral Support Network member, but on the special request of the President of the National Independent Electoral Commission for the Transition (CENI-T), the 21 commissioners and 6 technical staff of the CENI-T also attended the training.
“The timing of the training is well chosen”, using the words of the President of the CENI-T, “as the CENI-T is facing the challenge to organize local elections in July and a training aiming to build capacity in identifying and preventing potential tensions or conflict through improved leadership skills is highly useful both for the CENI-T as for the other electoral stakeholders”, using the words of the president of the CENI-T.
The training took place at the premises of the National Independent Electoral Commission for the Transition (CENI-T) with participants being both high representatives of the CENI-T and of the coordination cell of KMF-CNOE, the organization in charge of election observation and voter sensitization. According to the participants this mix of participants allowed for a better understanding of each other’s roles and provided a basis for further collaboration.
Other aspects that were particularly appreciated by the participants are the following:
- The relevance of the content of the training for the context of Madagascar, especially on the eve of local elections;
- The sharing of experiences on the general topics of leadership and conflict prevention;
- The practical sessions allowing for group work, sharing of experiences and formulation of recommendation for the upcoming elections ;
- The use of multimedia.
As the LEAD training is mostly based on exchanging experiences between pairs, facilitators will be practitioners sharing their experiences, challenges, lessons learned and good practices. Trainers will be the assistant rapporteur of the National Independent Electoral Commission of DRC, Profesor Onésime Kukatula Falash, ECES’ electoral expert, David Le Nôtre, currently deployed in the Union of Comoros and ECES’ Head of Programme, Eva Palmans, currently representing ECES in Madagascar.
The closing session of the training saw the participation a representative of the Delegation of the European Union in Madagascar and the president of the CENI-T. The latter insisted on the importance of this type of training for Madagascar and expressed the will to see the training replicated in the other regions and for all electoral stakeholders.