Accomplishments of the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova presented at international exhibition in India

Jan 15, 2016

Accomplishments of CEC Moldova

The Republic of Moldova participates in an international exhibition organized within the Voter’s Fest in India. The Festival is taking place between 12 and 17 January, 2016 in New Delhi. The participation of Moldova’s delegation is funded by the Norwegian Government within the Project “Improving the quality of Moldovan democracy through parliamentary and electoral support” implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Moldova’s stand is hosted by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and the Center for Continuous Electoral Training (CCET) and it showcases flagship products and service lines that have been prepared with the support of UNDP, the Government of Norway and Sweden over the past few years. Moldovan delegation is led by Iurie Ciocan, CEC Chairman and is composed of CEC and UNDP staff.

With UNDP support, the CEC automatized the entire electoral process by developing the State Automated Information System – Elections (SAISE). The System was used at national level during 2014 parliamentary elections and 2015 general local elections. SAISE allowed real-time monitoring of the voting process and prevention of attempts of multiple voting. It also reduced the time of submission of preliminary results from 24 hours to 3-4 hours and allowed automatic display of results on the official web-site of the CEC. An interoperability project to integrate SAISE and other electronic registers of the state is being developed now.

Also, special sleeves (envelopes) for ballot papers which allow independent voting by voters with visual impairments were produced with UNDP support.  A Declaration on accessibility to the electoral process for persons with disabilities was adopted by CEC in this regard. Sex-disaggregated information on candidates was made available for the first time in Moldova for the last elections.

We will use the opportunity of participation in this exhibition in order to compare our accomplishments with those of other countries. The case of India is very relevant, given the number of electoral officials – over three million – who are trained to organize elections for over one billion voters,”  Iurie Ciocan, CEC Chairman, said.

Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova, told: “Moldova has gained a wealth of experience in the field of elections and is proudly sharing it with counterparts and relevant stakeholders from India and other countries around the globe, in developing the institutional capacity for free and fair elections, raising awareness and educating voters; promoting gender equality amongst the electoral administration, encouraging women's participation in politics, enhancing transparency and the use of IT for ensuring that no one vote is left behind.”

“Free and fair elections is the key prerequisite for thriving, functional and liberal democracy! This is the backbone of a modern state and a good governance, which delivers peace, prosperity and stability to its people. The role of the CEC in legitimating the political establishment through enabling voters from all walks of life to freely cast their vote and elect the politicians who enjoy their trust and will represent them, fight for their rights and support their aspirations”, noted Dafina Gercheva.

The international exhibition in New Delhi is hosted on 1,500 m2 and presents the best electoral IT and security practices, as well as practices related to electoral training and mobilization of voters. Related topics cover inclusion of people with disabilities, gender policies, as well as involvement of people from vulnerable social groups.

The organizers are focused not only on the technical aspects of the electoral process, but also on debates, discussions, seminars and workshops. Interactive platforms are also provided to engage both the public and the participants in games, quizzes, music contests, graffiti and dancing and thus encourage greater involvement in electoral processes.

The Voter’s Fest in New Delhi is organized by the Election Commission of India with the support of UNDP.

Contact information

Sergiu Galitchi, Project Manager, tel.: (373 22) 268 278, sergiu.galitchi@undp.org.

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