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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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