Professional development of ECN staff and other stakeholders through BRIDGE workshops.
Support to 2019 by-elections.
The Master Training of Trainers of resource persons for the election management and polling cascade is to be held on 6 and 7 April.
Regional Training of Trainers for approximately 850 Chief Returning Officers and Returning Officers. They are responsible for the overall management of the polling centers and conduct of elections that ranges from candidates nomination, logistic management, holding elections, counting of ballot papers, tabulation and finalization of results.
Delivery of IT equipment for election operations.
Multi-stakeholders dialogue, youth engagement and campaign on conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm for electoral risks mitigation.
Capacity building of potential women candidates.
Public outreach and voter education through print, electronic and social media.
Main achievements so far
Provided support to the registration of more than 15 million voters using photographs and biometric profiling, which resulted in a more reliable voter register. The project also developed continuous voter registration software for the next electoral cycles.
Supported strengthening of human resources in the ECN and other stakeholders through 434 trainings for 14,360 participants on different areas in electoral education and professional development, such as voter registration, voter education, election management, IT, gender and social inclusion and women’s leadership.
Supported the ECN in the design, development and drafting of its second Strategic Plan (2015-2019).
Provided operational support during the 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections at national and sub-national levels such as through the establishment of a Joint Election Operation Centre, the Media and Observer’s Resource Centre, the Call Centre and the Event Tracking System. ECN has taken full ownership of all of these and operated them for the 2017 local elections without external support.
Provided on-site technical and advisory support at the HQ and the regional levels through the presence of five regional offices embedded in the ECN.
Developed tools for the ECN to promote continuous electoral education by supporting the creation of the Electoral Education and Information Centres (EEIC) in Kathmandu, Dangadhi and Pokhara, and the inclusion of electoral education in the school curricula. The centres are also equipped with three sets of mobile EEIC to extend coverage to remote areas. A total of 25,685 people have been sensitized on electoral process through the EEIC.
Supported ECN with the production and dissemination of numerous public outreach materials for the 2013 and 2017 elections, including street drama, radio and television programmes as well as public service announcements on social inclusion, participation and peaceful elections.
For the 2017 local elections, ESP supported educating more than 200,000 voters on the voting process in over 8,000 local-level orientations.
Once the 2017 local elections were called, ECN with technical support from ESP organized 2,000 orientations on women’s leadership and participation for over 50,000 potential women candidates for the local level elections, particularly Dalit women.
Provided technical and advisory support to the ECN for its analytical and review work, resulting in various knowledge products, including the Review Report for the 2017 Elections and a Gender and Social Inclusion study of those elections.
Gender and social inclusion interventions
With an objective to ensure the political and civic rights of the deaf community in Nepal, the project supported ECN in conducting special trainings and orientations on civic and voter education with the participation of more than 500 deaf people as well as produced TV public service annoucements and news in sign language in collaboration with National Federation of the Deaf Nepal.
Provided technical and advisory support to the ECN for its analytical and review work, resulting in various knowledge products, including the Review Report for the 2017 Elections and a Gender and Social Inclusion study of those elections. Established the Gender and Social Inclusion Unit at the ECN and supported the development of the Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy and the Gender Action Plan for Nepal.
Social studies teachers being trained on “elections and democracy.” These trained teachers are able to impart clearer message to higher secondary school students who are the future voters. This is one of the flagship programmes of ECN.