“Enhancing democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections” (EDMITE Project) is a Project that sets the overall goal to achieve an enhanced transparency and inclusiveness of the electoral process in Moldova through a modernized IT system, improved legislation and intensified public participation, addressing the root causes of the current challenges hampering the further development of the democracy and the advancement of the electoral process in the Republic of Moldova.
The long-standing partnership between the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and UNDP resulted in the establishment of a strong professional institution, able to provide transparent and inclusive democratic elections. With UNDP support, the CEC managed to enhance the electoral process in the Republic of Moldova through the development of the modern and innovative State Automated Information System “Elections” (SAISE). During 2012-2017, UNDP also supported the CEC in the areas of gender equality and human rights, institutional capacity development, political party finance legislation implementation and the strategic development of the Center for Continuous Electoral Training (CICDE).
To achieve the overall goal, the Project is partnering with the Central Electoral Commission, the Center for Continuous Electoral Training, the Public Services Agency (PSA) and the E-Government Agency (EGA). These are different state actors that own important population registration data sets necessary for fair and credible elections. Specific Project’s interventions aim at improving the systems and processes in the partner institutions to ensure a qualitative and timely data supply to the State Register of Voters, enhancement of the SAISE functionalities and reliability, as well as the modernization of the process for reporting and disclosure of political party and campaign finance.
A distinct thematic focus of the Project is to enhance the awareness on political participation and electoral processes via a series of multi-layered interventions. The Project supports the CEC and CICDE in designing and implementing large-scale civic education and voter information programmes, offers strategic communication expertise and facilitates other activities as to generate a positive change and deliver tailored information to a wide spectrum of target groups (including women, youth and first-time voters, ethnic and linguistic minorities, diaspora, people with disabilities, etc.).
Throughout its implementation, the Project contributes to:
- Achieving a more accurate State Register of Voters (SRV), improving the quality and accessibility of data by re-engineering the Civil Status Acts (CSA) and Address Register (ARIS) Information Systems, and facilitating data exchange and interoperability between different central public institutions via the governmental platform for data exchange (MConnect);
- Enhancing the inclusiveness of the electoral process through increasing the functional and technical capacities of the State Automated Information System “Elections” (SAISE) to keep up with the technical and political developments;
- Supporting the advancement of the legal reform in the area of elections, particularly to the implementation of the political party finance legislation, as well as to responding to the technical developments required for a more transparent and inclusive electoral process;
- Enhancing political participation of citizens by setting up and implementing the voters’ information and civic education programmes, specifically targeting vulnerable groups, including women, youth, persons with different types of disabilities and linguistic minorities and the Diaspora.
- Credibility of the State Register of Voters enhanced;
- State Automated Information System “Elections” enhanced;
- Political Party Finance Framework further advanced;
- Civic Education and Voter Information systems strengthened with a particular focus on women and youth.
- Address Register Information System – developed;
- Establishment of boundaries for 83 localities – completed;
- Development of the IT System “Civil Status Acts” – ongoing;
- Elaboration of the Strategic Development Plan of the E-Governance Agency – completed;
- CEC official webpage (cec.md) and the civic education platform (voteaza.md) – updated;
- Adjustments of the State Automated Information System “Elections” to meet the technical requirements of the 2019 Parliamentary and Local Elections - ensured;
- Modernization of the SAISE hardware and software infrastructure – completed;
- Application for diaspora voters (diaspora.voteaza.md) – implemented;
- Application for real-time data visualization of voter turnout and elections results – implemented;
- “Financial Control” system for online reporting on political party financing – developed;
- Multi-layered and inclusive civic education and voter information campaign – implemented in 2018 and 2019 at the national level, with over 700 activities reaching over 349,188 direct and 1,766,820 indirect beneficiaries;
- Study on accessibility of 612 polling stations through user-safari – carried-out.