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THE ELECTORAL CYCLE Charles Lasham. Centre for Parliamentary Studies Seminar 5 th – 9 th March 2012. The Electoral Cycle. Three phases to the Electoral Cycle Pre-Electoral Period Electoral Period Post Electoral Period. Pre-Electoral Period 1. Budget and Financing Electoral Calendar

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The electoral cycle charles lasham

THE ELECTORAL CYCLECharles Lasham

Centre for Parliamentary Studies Seminar

5th – 9th March 2012


The electoral cycle

The Electoral Cycle

  • Three phases to the Electoral Cycle

  • Pre-Electoral Period

  • Electoral Period

  • Post Electoral Period


Pre electoral period 1

Pre-Electoral Period 1

  • Budget and Financing

  • Electoral Calendar

  • Operational Plans

  • Recruitment – easy? Payment? Independent?

  • Procurement

  • Security

  • Logistics


Pre electoral period 2

Pre-Electoral Period 2

  • TRAINING

  • Procedures, poll worker manuals

  • ToT

  • Training of polling and count staff

  • Online training – Possible?

  • CDs

  • Payment?


Pre electoral period 3

Pre-Electoral Period 3

  • INFORMATION

  • Civic and voter education

  • Political Party liaison

  • Civil Society liaison

  • Accreditation of Observers

  • International Observers

  • Domestic Observers


Pre electoral period 31

Pre-Electoral Period 3

  • REGISTRATION

  • Political Party Registration

  • Political Party Financing

  • Voter Registration

  • VR: Established processes

  • Immediately prior to election

  • Continuous registration

  • U.K. – U.S.A. – Egypt – Afghanistan - other


The electoral period 1

The Electoral Period 1

  • Nomination of candidates – independents?

  • Codes of Conduct

  • Media access – Media commissions?

  • Preparation of ballots

  • Printing and distribution

  • Sensitive material

  • Non-sensitive material


The electoral period 2

The Electoral Period 2

  • VOTING

    ~ Special voting

    ~ External voting

    ~ Advance voting

    ~ Election day(s)

  • COUNTING

    ~ precinct, constituency, regional, electronic,

    ~ tabulation


The electoral period 3

The Electoral Period 3

  • Announcement of results

  • Complaints and Appeals

    ~EMB or other body

  • Voters, candidates and parties

  • Cancellation of results


Post electoral period 1

Post-Electoral Period 1

  • REVIEW

    ~ EMB alone? Secretariat, stakeholders?

  • REFORM

    ~ Legal reform proposals

    ~ EMB

    ~ Election system

    ~ Boundaries


Post electoral period 2

Post-Electoral Period 2

  • VOTER REGISTRATION UPDATE

  • INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • STRATEGIC PLANNING

  • POST ELECTION REPORT

  • RESULTS ON WEBSITE

  • STAKEHOLDER NETWORKING


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