"Opportunities and Challenges in the Use of Technology in Election" Conference
Within the context of the Project ‘EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development, EU-JDID’, HE Dr. Khaled Kalaldeh, Chairman of Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Aous Qutaishat, Senior EU-JDID Project Advisor and Chief Technical Advisor of the IEC Chairman attended the International Conference on “Opportunities and Challenges in the Use of Technology in Election”.
With the support of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the EU funded project Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) organised in Abuja (Nigeria) from 9 to 11 April 2018, this high-level networking event for the international democracy community.
His Excellency Khaled Al Kalaldeh and Aous Qutaishat were invited to exchange and share the Jordanian experience with electoral bodies representing 30 different countries from West and South Africa.
The conference aimed to build and enhance the capacity of participants in the choice and usage of technology in elections for strengthening the credibility, integrity and transparency of electoral process.
The event included presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions on the following thematic areas:
- Use of Technology in elections;
- Use of technology in civil/voter registration;
- Use of technology in the conduct of voting operations;
- Use of technology for public outreach and Election Observation;
- Use of Technology in promoting Inclusivity in the Electoral Processes (Women, Youth, PWD, IDP and the Diaspora);
- Technology and the Cost of Elections;
- Use of Technology to access information and enhance capacities/skills;
- The Future of Electoral Technology
The main objective of this activity, which is part of the peer exchanges visits and study tours planned for the IEC, is to strengthen the relationship of the Jordanian institutions with peers, electoral stakeholders and practitioners in order to facilitate best practice and knowledge sharing. In addition to this, the activity aims to strengthen the relationships of the IEC with international/regional peers, thus fostering a network of professional election administrations committed to promote democratic practices and values in their work.