|Capacity Building Program in Election Management for PNGEC|
|Last updated 2018-12-05|
The Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) organized The Capacity Building Program (CBP) in Election Management from November 26th to November 30th in Songdo, Incheon with 7 participants from the Papua New Guinea Election Commission (PNGEC). This CBP is one of the objectives of the “Project for Improving the Election Management in Papua New Guinea” (hereafter, the Project).
This CBP aimed to improve the Papua New Guinean election management system. The participants discussed future plans for the 2019 election to improve the electoral environment. Also, important details of the Project were examined. The participants gained better understanding of the Project, election management system and introduction of electoral ICT through the lectures.
On the first day of the training program, Prof.Seonghun Jang from the Korea Civic Education Institute for Democracy gave a lecture to the participants on “Political parties and candidate nomination system in Korea”.
(2018.11.27.) The participant from PNGEC and the professor from Ghent University is discussing the Papua New Guinea’s election management.
During the session on the 27th, the participants had a time to learn the ICT in election processes. Professor Regis Dandoy from Ghent University shared his knowledge on a variety of experiences from different countries introducing ICT in election processes and pros and cons of applying the ICT in this area.
In the afternoon session of November 27th, Jinho Kang, program officer of A-WEB, gave a lecture on the introduction process of ICT in election of Korea. Apart from the lecture, he gave a demonstration of Korean election equipment. The participants had an opportunity to take a look at a polling booth, an optical counting scanner used in the Korean election.
On the 28th, the participants visited the Samsung Innovation Museum located in Suwon and National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul. Through the culture tour, they learned major innovations in the electronics industry that brought on epoch-making changes in human society and glanced over the Korean contemporary history.
On the morning session of November 29th, based on the presentation of technology use in Papua New Guinea Electoral Management, Professor Regis Dandoy guided participants to devise their own action plan. By looking back their past elections, the participants had a time to discuss challenges in their election environment and shared their thoughts on the introduction of ICT in Papua New Guinea election management.
(2018.11.29.) PNGEC officers are discussing the Project.
In the afternoon session, Ina Kim Lee, Deputy Director of Project Management Team and the participants had a time to work out the details of the Project. As the general ODA project cycles unfolded, participants and A-WEB staffs examined the Papua New Guinea Project’s details during the lecture, including; schedule, budget, data center support plan, etc.
The Capacity Building Program in Election Management for Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission concluded on November 30th with the closing ceremony. One of the desired outcomes of the CBP is to create a supportive atmosphere between A-WEB and the PNGEC in order to conduct the Project effectively. Based on the information obtained through the CBP, A-WEB will continue to develop a more efficient election management system that is suitable for the Papua New Guinean situation, culture and tradition.