Professional Certificate in Electoral Conflict Resolution
7th - 11th September 2020, Virtual Learning

Course Overview

The vast majority of countries around the world currently undertake elections as a means of transferring political power and providing legitimacy to ruling incumbents and yet violence is still prevalent in many electoral contests. Violence in elections can pose serious threats to both the security and democracy of a country and can lead to a loss of life or a regime change.

Electoral management bodies, electoral observers, police forces and the military all have responsibility over the peaceful delivery of an election. This programme shall seek to identify the potential flashpoints in the conduct of the election cycle. Participants on this course will examine legal structures and statutory procedures for handling complaints, the complaints procedures of the EMB and electoral commission, and will learn how to apply international best practice in local contexts in dealing with possible conflict whilst developing strategies to mitigate risk.

Who Should Attend?

Staff from electoral management bodies, electoral commissions, NGO representatives, legal professionals with an interest in the area, participants in domestic and international election observer missions, and government officials.

How You Will Benefit

  1. Develop greater understanding of the interaction between statutory and EMB guidance informal complaint handling
  2. Develop strategic engagement and communication programmes
  3. Analyse the role of new technologies in reducing the potential for conflict to arise
  4. Examine in detail the psychology of conflict and the impact of power, stress and self-interest on possible conflict situations in the context of elections

Topics Include:

  1. Legal and EMB complaint procedures
  2. Strategic planning to engage with stakeholders
  3. International standards in elections to ensure credibility
  4. Analyse the extent of training needed by EMB staff to handle conflict situations effectively
  5. Develop practical strategies to manage potential flashpoints
  6. Empowering staff to handle possible conflict locally and informally