Agenda

Professional Certificate in Electoral Conflict Resolution

Day One : Monday

09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair and Delegates' Welcome and Introductions  
10:00

Introduction, Why Elections and Managing Conflict

  • Ice Breaker
  • Course objectives
  • Expectations & Procedures
  • Introduction of course participants
 
11:15 Morning Coffee  
11:30

Discussion: What is Democracy? What is a Credible election?

  • Defining democracy
  • Understanding fundamental concepts
  • Understanding what makes an election ‘credible’?
 
12:45 Lunch  
14:00

Presentation & Discussion: The Electoral Cycle and the Occurrence of Election Violence

  • When is violence most likely to occur in the electoral cycle
  • Types of electoral violence in the pre-election period
  • Types of electoral violence in the election period
  • Types of electoral violence in the post-election period
  • General discussion
 
15:15 Afternoon Tea  
15:30 Presentation & Discussion: Analysis & Conflict Escalation in an Electoral Environment
  • Understanding Conflict Analysis & Conflict Escalation in an Electoral Environment;
  • Types of Electoral Violence
  • Prevention vs Management
 
17:00 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions
 
17:10 Close  

Day Two : Tuesday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap  
10:00 Legal Structures 
Statutory frameworks for challenging election results
Who is responsible within the system?
Insurance premiums for electoral officers who are legally responsible
Costs for challengers
Time-scales of taking challenges to court
Which court has jurisdiction in different countries?
Who takes the parliamentary seat in question while a challenge is
mounted?
What happened in the event that the ballot has to be re-run?
Statutory time-scales after legal challenges
Implications for turn-out and completely different results
 
11:30 Morning Coffee  
11:45

Conflict Management Method 1: Dialogue

  • Understanding the principles of dialogue
  • When and how to use dialogue to resolve conflict
 
12:45 Lunch  
14:00

Exercise

  • Dialogue in Election-Related Conflicts
 
15:15 Afternoon Tea  
15:30

Presentation and Discussion:  Electoral Actors & Roles

  • The State
  • Civil Society
  • Political parties
  • Candidates
  • Media
  • Religious leaders
  • Regional & International Actors
 
17:00 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:10 Close  

Day Three : Wednesday

09:30 Refreshments
 
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap  
10:00

Chartered Management Institute Criteria

  • Structuring a written piece of work for assessment – Generic Overview and Principles
  • Blending conflict transformation content into these structures
 
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30

Conflict Management Method 2: Negotiations

  • Understanding the principles of negotiations:
  • Mapping Positions, Interests, and Needs;
  • Negotiation structures
  • Understanding when to use negotiations to resolve conflict
 
12:45 Lunch  
     
14:00

Exercise: Negotiation in Election-Related conflicts

Establishing Organisational Name, Objectives and Strategy & Structure
 
15:15 Afternoon tea  
15:30

Presentation & Discussion: Methods of Electoral Dispute Resolution

  • Informal EDR
  • Formal EDR
  • The Role of the EMB
  • The Role of the Courts
  • Info & Technology
  • Training
 
17:00 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:10 Close  

Day Four : Thursday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap  
10:00

Presentation and Discussion: The Role of Election Management Bodies & in Conflict Management

 
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30

Conflict Management Method 3: Mediation

  • Understanding the principles of mediation,
  • Understanding when and how to use mediation to resolve conflict
  • Understanding the role of the mediators &
  • Mediation strategies: communication, facilitation & manipulation
 
12:45 Lunch  
14:00 Exercise Mediation in Election-Related conflicts  
     
15:15 Afternoon tea  
15:30

Debrief

  • Managing Election-Related conflicts
 
17:00 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:10 Close  

Day Five : Friday 

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap  
10:00

Election Observation: Role and Methods

Phase 1: Building the Team Narratives: Conflict Analysis & Stated Positions

 
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30

Delegate Presentation & discussion 1

Plan of Action for Managing Electoral Conflicts

Objectives:

  • To use the knowledge and skills gained during the training.
  • Participants have the opportunity to conduct proxy and plenary talks on current conflict issues.
 
12:45 Lunch   
14:00

Delegate Presentation & discussion 2

Plan of Action for Managing Electoral Conflicts

Objectives:

  • To use the knowledge and skills gained during the training.
  • Participants have the opportunity to conduct proxy and plenary talks on current conflict issues.
 
15:15 afternoon Tea, feddback, Certificates and Close