Peer to Peer NEBE - IEBC

The European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) has actively promoted peer-to-peer exchange programs between EMBs and relevant electoral stakeholders as part of its ongoing work to support and enhance pro-democracy initiatives around the world by providing the necessary framework and space for a fruitful blend of communication, learning, and comparative experiences. These activities help the participants and their organizations learn, develop, and grow in their communities so they may better address key electoral challenges of our times.

It is within this framework that ECES under the EURECS-Ethiopia project committed to facilitate, upon request, an exchange between the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBC), and Registrar of Political Parties.

The trip's main goal is for the NEBE Political Parties Department to explore and learn more about the strategies used by the IEBC-Kenya to establish and maintain a relationship with political parties as well as the mechanisms created to ensure effective participation of political parties in all aspects and procedures of fulfilling its mandate as the nation's election management body.

The second main objective is for NEBE’s ICT team to observe the IT infrastructure used and deployed by the IEBC during elections and take some lessons and best practices on related matters.

Guided by the objective of this trip, a group of eleven management and experts team composed from the ICT and Political Parties Department of NEBE led by the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board have travelled to Nairobi for this mission.

The peer-to-peer exchange visit is taking place from October 3 through October 7 at the IEBC and Registrar of Political Parties Offices and Premises in Nairobi. This visit is being facilitated by members of the ECES-Kenya team along with two members of the ECES-Ethiopia team, Civic and voter education and Inclusion Expert, Dr. Shimels S. Belete and Senior ICT expert Khaldoun Dudin.