“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.
- Additional co-financing from the British Embassy through the Good Governance Fund representing 1,048,801 USD mobilized;
- Additional co-financing from the Public Services Agency for the development of the IT Sub-system “Civil Status Acts” and Address Register Information System (ARIS) representing 125,000 USD mobilized;
- Additional co-financing from the Central Electoral Commission for the adjustments of the State Automated System “Elections” representing 70,744 USD mobilized;
- Technical Concept and Roadmap of the IT Sub-system “Civil Status Acts” developed;
- Adjustments of the State Automated Information System “Elections” to meet the technical requirements of the new electoral mixed system ensured;
- First Creativity Lab in Elections “InnoVoter” with participation of 30 students and young professionals conducted to deliver innovative solutions for the visual display of election data for the E-Day (disaggregated by sex, age, and constituencies). The winning innovative solution is to be displayed during the Parliamentary Elections;
- Module for online reporting on political party and electoral campaign financing “Financial Control” designed and developed;
- CEC official webpage (cec.md) and the civic education platform (voteaza.md) updated to offer user-friendly information on the electoral process to the political parties and the wider public;
- Web-based application for Diaspora voters – diaspora.voteaza.md developed. The application provides details about all 125 polling stations established abroad for the Parliamentary Elections, the contact details, addresses and itinerary, using the google maps possibilities, in both Romanian and Russian languages;
- For the first time in Moldova, psychological violence in electoral campaigns became a topic of an event called Lightroom (un)conference. More than 150 experts, journalists, electoral officials, opinion makers, politicians, civil society representatives had the opportunity to reflect on different types of psychological violence presented by national and international experts;
- Multi-layered and inclusive civic education and voter information campaign reached out at over 340,000 direct (186,557 women) and 1,720,000 indirect beneficiaries, including young people and first-time, elderly, women from vulnerable groups, people with disabilities, ethno-linguistic minorities, including the Roma and Gagauz community, citizens in diaspora and other specific and/or marginalized groups of voters. The campaign used innovative and inclusive civic engagement tools, such as elections simulations, mobile information activities and door-to-doors campaigns, electoral information sessions, electoral cafes for young voters, interactive electoral quizzes, specialized radio broadcasts in Romani and Gagauz languages, as well as for people with visual disabilities, Intellectual Games and Election-HUBs.