Effective management of electoral processes is key to successful elections in any corner of the world, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating that the will of the people, as expressed through periodic and genuine elections, is the basis of legitimate government authority. This course will provide electoral management bodies and all individuals involved in the electoral cycle with a clear understanding of the aims, objectives and organisational themes for the successful management of electoral processes.
Interactive learning will support participants’ understanding of the key elements required to effectively manage electoral processes such as electoral integrity, the electoral cycle and logistical considerations. By examining relevant case studies, exploring the duties of electoral bodies and assessing international standards, participants will leave equipped to plan for the management of efficient electoral processes, supported by a sound knowledge of electoral stakeholder needs. Experts in the field will lead this training through interactive workshops, lectures and best practice case studies, fostering innovation, creative learning and networking amongst peers.
A comprehensive analysis of the mechanisms behind the management of electoral processes will be provided, with subjects to be discussed including:
The electoral cycle
Types of planning for electoral management bodies
Election field operations
Project managing the logistics of elections
Working effectively with electoral observation missions
Transparency of polling place results
The Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) has approved this training course. ILM combines years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all and since 1947 they have carried out extensive research into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values of great leadership. Based on ILM’s core leadership values, this course meets the standard that enables learners who have completed to access the following benefits:
- Membership of ILM and will receipt of an ICPS/ ILM joint Certificate of achievement for the course
- Access to a raft of resources to help you with your continuing professional development, including an award-winning library of e-learning content
- A community of over 30,000 members worldwide enabling you to collaborate and grow your knowledge and skills
- Receipt of weekly news updates, podcasts and cutting-edge research and a monthly published journal and invitations to topical webinars
- Authorisation to use approved letters AMInstLM (Associate Member of The Institute of Leadership and Management) after your name for business correspondence
The professional qualifications offered by the Institute are internationally recognised and sought after. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a transcript from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies certifying specialisation in the Management of Electoral Processes.
By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:
Develop and implement effective electoral processes
Lead effective organisational change
Apply the key principles of electoral management to their organisation
Improve capacity and support structures whilst reducing administrative burdens
Monitor, evaluate and enhance performance
Deliver services that more precisely meet stakeholder needs
The main electoral systems
Characteristics of the main electoral systems
Effects of different systems
Key considerations and who chooses?
What are the triggers initiating reform?
Why might it be desirable?
Potential International assistance and donor arrangements
Managing outside assistance
The electoral cycle and timing of reform
Reforming constitution, electoral law, related regulations and rules
Framework of International Standards and Good Electoral Practices
Enhancing integrity and relevance of the legal framework
How do EMBs work with these reforms?
EMB strategies, structures, policies, procedures and technical innovations
Experience sharing – Examples of previous electoral reform from participants’ own country
Discussion of Day 4 session – Planning Future Electoral Reform
Changes in the political environment affecting the EMB
How EMBs adapt to political changes
Mechanisms for cooperating with political stakeholders electoral
The levels of political and electoral participation
What are the challenges, barriers and opportunities?
Impact of different electoral systems on voters, including women and minority groups
Impact of electoral systems on political parties
Cast study: The UK’s 2011 Referendum on changing the Parliamentary Voting System
Understanding the difference between vision, innovation and change
Recognising universal management and business practices that limits
innovation and collaboration
Engaging with stakeholders
Explaining Electoral Reform
Communication and ConsultationTiming
Role of EMB
Participants present outline of potential electoral reform in their respective country, including identifying strategies and challenges
Understanding voters' views
Understanding voters' behaviour
Using understanding to improve the electoral process