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Election Training and Assistance

A key part of our election cycle approach involves providing support to member countries between elections, as they act on recommendations made by Commonwealth Observer Groups.

This is done through training programmes, such as the Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) Initiative, and technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of a given country.​

Commonwealth Election Professionals 

Launched in 2013, the Australian-funded CEP initiative provides a platform for professional development, knowledge sharing and peer support to electoral administrators across the Commonwealth.​

Now in its second phase, over 220 election professionals have participated in CEP regional training events to date, helping to increase their technical capacity as well as their understanding of international election standards.

In addition, the networking and peer support opportunities offered have strengthened relationships and cooperation between regional election management bodies. ​

Technical assistance

The Revised Guidelines outlining the Commonwealth’s approach to election observation state ‘election observation has a far greater impact and value when the recommendations offered by a COG, and other observers, are addressed so as to reduce the risk of shortcomings in future elections.’

This provides both the rationale and mandate for the delivery of bespoke technical assistance to member countries as part of the full electoral cycle approach. ​In recent years, the Secretariat has provided technical assistance on the following issues: ​

  • Voter education and youth engagement
  • Electoral cybersecurity throughout the electoral cycle
  • Electoral and constitutional reform
  • Boundary delimitation
  • Women’s political participation
  • Media training for election reporting