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ELECTION WORKING GROUP (EWG) Update: April 2006. Background Electoral assistance part of a broader, longer-term strategy to strengthen democratization.

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1 ELECTION WORKING GROUP (EWG) Update: April 2006

2 Background Electoral assistance part of a broader, longer-term strategy to strengthen democratization and good governance in Bangladesh. The Asia Foundation partners primarily with existing local civil society organizations whose work does not focus strictly on elections. Strengthen the capacity of organizations that continue to work on democratization and governance reform initiatives between elections. Prior experience with domestic monitoring coalitions: –1996 parliamentary election: FEMA, Coordinating Council for Human Rights in Bangladesh (now BMSP) –2001 parliamentary election: Election Monitoring Working Group (EMWG)—29 members

3 CIDA Fair Elections and Institutional Reforms Project (FEIRP) 5-year project spans the lead-up to next parliamentary election and beyond. Ability to work with local partners well in advance of the election: –institutional capacity development –Financial management and compliance standards –Coordination –Development of common materials and standard protocols for monitoring and reporting.

4 Election Working Group (EWG) Reconvened Election Working Group (EWG) is The Asia Foundation’s principal program delivery mechanism for the 2007 election program strategy Membership expanded to 35 organizations—most member organizations in turn work through networks of local partner organizations Selection of members based on a variety of capacity, geographic outreach considerations Code of Conduct

5 Election Working Group Membership Action on Disability and Development (ADD) Association for Community Development (ACD) Banchte Shekha Bangladesh Center for Development Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) Bangladesh Development Society (BDS) Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shommonoy Parishad (BMSP/CCHRB) Center for Development Society (CDS) Coast Trust Dak Diye Jai (DDJ) Democracywatch Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (FEMA) Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) Gano Unnyan Kendra (GUK) Gono Kalyan Sangstha (GKS) Green Hill Institute for Environment and Development (IED) Jagoroni Chakra Foundation (JCF)

6 Jatio Nirbachon Parjabekkhon Parishad (JANIPOP) Khan Foundation Light House Mass-line Media Center (MMC) Manobik Shahajya Sangtha (MSS) National Development Program (NDP) Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS) Nobolok Odhikar Palishipara Samaj Kallyan Sangtha (PSKS) Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Services (RDRS) Rights Jessore Rupantar Sariatpur Development Society (SDS) Solidarity Srizoni Bangladesh Uttaran WAVE Foundation Election Working Group Membership

7 EWG Work to Date Take advantage of pre-election lead time Full EWG membership meets in the third week of every month Excellent coalition dynamics and member collaboration Committees established for specific functions: –Secretariat—to be established by May 2006 –Budgeting (reported as next agenda item) –Constituency mapping (to be completed by April 17) Additional committees to be convened: –Training, Election Commission liaison, media and public relations, reporting protocols

8 Constituency Mapping

9 Voter and Civic Education EWG will serve as a delivery mechanism for voter and civic education—take advantage of core capacities of members, avoid duplication Materials, training modules, program activities to be rolled-out through the EWG Thematic areas of focus identified in collaboration with the Election Working Group: –Election Violence –Accountability –Youth/First-time Voters –Women –Disabled Persons –Hinterlands—Chars, Hill Tracts, minority populations

10 Election Monitoring Pre-election monitoring Election Day—165,000 stationary and mobile monitors Post-election environment Coordinate with IRI and NDI—standard monitoring protocols, training materials Coordinate with international observer missions (including ANFREL) and local embassy observer teams

11 Divisions (6) Districts (64) Constituencies (300) Polling Stations (30,000) Polling Booths (150.000) Linking EWG Coordination to Electoral Structure Central government

12 National Divisions Districts Constituencies Observers Polling Station Polling Booths Central Coordination District Coordinators (4-5 constituencies) Constituency Coordinators (~15 union coordinators) Union Coordinators (40-60 observers) Union Upazila Hierarchy of Coordination

13 Observers (165,000) Central: All districts Union Coordinators (4,600) Constituency Coordinators (300) District Coordinators train groups of 25-30 Constituency Coordinators (2 days) Constituency Coordinators train Groups of approximately 15 Union Coordinators (2 days) Union Coordinators train groups of 40-60 observers (1 day session per 25 observers) Roll-out of Training Regional: 1 training per 5 districts Central training for District Coordinators (2 trainings)


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