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Support to the Implementation of Best Practices in Electoral Dispute Resolution
What is the project about?
Free and fair elections represent another opportunity for Albania to demonstrate its commitment to democratic practices and values, and an important step for Albania’s further integration into the European Union. All electoral stakeholders, including government and opposition parties, election administrators, as well as the voting public have the responsibility to ensure that the principles of fairness, peaceful comportment, transparency, and accountability are upheld.
Drawing on its 22 years of its democratization work in Albania, and an assessment of Albania’s electoral context, which needs further enhancement of the credibility of election processes based on international standards, UNDP is offering its global experience in electoral assistance to help Albania prepare for its June 23rd and future elections.
One of the recommendations from the past elections in Albania was improvement of the complaints and appeals system. The system for adjudication of electoral disputes has been recommended to be taken into consideration in order to provide guarantees for an effective redress and to bring that system in line with constitutional provisions and principles of due process.
BRIDGE training represents a unique initiative where five leading organizations in the democracy and governance fields (United Nations Electoral Assistance Division, UNDP, International IDEA, International Foundation of Electoral Systems - IFES, and the Australian Electoral Commission) have jointly committed to developing, implementing and maintaining the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available, designed to be used as a tool within a broader capacity development framework. BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections. It is a modular professional development program with a particular focus on electoral processes. UNDP Albania offered the Electoral College of the Court of Appeals in Tirana a BRIDGE training in preparation for the elections of June 23, 2013.
The main directions covered by our Electoral Dispute Resolution assistance are:
- Focus on the bodies responsible for managing election conflicts and disputes;
- Consider some of the mechanisms to be used, their advantages and disadvantages;
- Consider advanced standards and principles for addressing conflicts and disputes;
- Practice the skills gained by international best practices in conflict management;
- Explain advantages and disadvantages of dispute resolution in typical court processes
The BRIDGE training includes all the members of the Electoral College, plus the CEC and legal representatives of political parties involved in electoral dispute processes. It helps those institutions develop further their capacities to manage electoral disputes in a more professional and democratic manner. The participants can review collectively different examples of electoral disputes management in different countries.
What have we accomplished so far?
The main goal of this assistance is to improve the capacities of Albania’s Electoral College, the Central Elections Commission, and representatives of political parties to implement best practices in electoral dispute management for democratic elections in Albania.
More specifically, this assistance has achieved to:
- assist the Electoral College, the CEC and political parties in developing further their capacity to manage electoral disputes in a more democratic and professional manner;
- bring together local and international elections practitioners to review collectively different examples of electoral disputes management in an elections context;
- provide the Albanian institutions of elections dispute resolution with a variety of options of performing in situations of an incomplete stakeholder representation
Who finances it?
- March 2013 – December 2013
- Geographic coverage
- Tirana (Central institutions)
- Programme officer
- Arben Rama
- Tirana Court of Appeals, Electoral College, Central Election Committee