The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and its partner, the National Elections Commission (NEC) in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) recently commenced the training 260 representatives of political parties on the role party agents can play in the October 10 elections.
According to a press release, all 26 registered political parties were invited to send representatives to participate in the training. These individuals will in turn act on behalf of their political parties to train their members in areas such as electoral procedures, deployment plans, the roles and responsibilities of party agents, and the collection of field data.
Party agents are a key part of elections providing transparency during voting and counting processes. They act as crucial links between party headquarters and field level polling places where they represent the interests of political parties.
The project, supported by the UNDP, European Union, Sweden, Canada and Ireland, is working in partnership with the NEC to strengthen the electoral system with a fund of US$16 million.
NDI is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).