IFES Pilots the Leadership in Electoral Administration Program in Bali, Indonesia
In cooperation with the Indonesia General Election Commission (KPU), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) held the “Leadership in Electoral Administration Program” (LEAP) in Bali, Indonesia from August 26-27, 2016. Twenty-two election commissioners from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste, along with the former chief commissioner from India participated. IFES international and national experts and staff delivered sessions on a wide range of topics, including electoral leadership framework, institutional strategic planning, organizational assessments and capacity building, external stakeholder outreach and communications, examples of regional leadership good practice, and gender and disability inclusion.
The event also provided an opportunity for senior and former election management body (EMB) commissioners from the KPU, Election Commission of Nepal, Commission on Elections (Philippines), Department of Elections (Sri Lanka) and the Election Commission of India to share their experience as leaders in their respective EMBs with new commissioners from Cambodia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. IFES’ General Election Network on Disability Access (AGENDA) team conducted a session on accessible elections, which allowed all participants to experience the obstacles faced by people with disabilities in casting their votes. Participants also took part in a gender privilege walk, where they took on the roles of individuals from different professions, genders, and backgrounds to highlight the challenges women experience to participate actively in politics. These awareness-raising activities encourage EMB commissioners to take steps to address barriers faced by women and people with disabilities during elections.
Led by IFES Regional Director for Asia-Pacific Vasu Mohan, IFES also piloted a cutting-edge, half-day crisis management simulation on electoral security, where each participant was given a specific role to play in the crisis simulation. The simulation allowed new commissioners to experience the complexity of holding elections and the importance of good leadership in the face of electoral crises.