ECOWAS/KAIPTC Election Observation Training Course 2020

Conflict Management

Course Duration: 01 – 06 February 2021 (1 week)
Application Date: - Sep 30, 2020
Course Fee:
  • Each participant will be required to pay a commitment fee of USD 1000 as well as take care of his or her travel expenses
  • Terms and Conditions:
  • Participants shall show proof of medical and travel insurance cover for duration of training in Ghana.
  • KAIPTC has a COVID-19 guideline policy in place at the Centre
  • KAIPTC will be responsible for participants’ accommodation and feeding for the duration of programme
  • In short

    Course Date/Duration

    01 – 06 February 2021

    Course Capacity

    30 participants

    Target Group

    – Civil Society Actors
    – Political Parties
    – Election Observation groups
    – Regional Economic communities
    – Election Management Bodies
    – International and Non-governmental groups
    – Women are strongly encouraged to apply

    Course Language

    Bi-lingual course with simultaneous English/French translation

    Application Deadline

    30 November 2020


    As the mainstay of the democratisation process, elections in many parts of the world have become fairly ‘routine’ with many countries preferring the conduct of periodic elections as the acceptable means of facilitating representation, participation and alternations of power.  The prospects of democracy in Africa seem quite promising as more countries resort to the ballot box as the means of soliciting and conferring power, rather than the use of the gun. Even countries that were plagued with violent conflicts for decades are now beginning to settle down as fledgling democracies with countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone showing clear signs of consolidating their democracies. The relatively ‘uneventful’ elections in Mali after months of political and violent turmoil mark yet another significant ‘milestone’ in West Africa’s effort at democratisation. The ‘diffusion’ of the post-elections tensions and anxiety that followed Nigeria’s 2019 election through the courts rather than the ‘streets’  to seek redress go to underscore the fact that democracy in Africa is steadily gaining traction.

    These seeming success stories notwithstanding, concerns and questions continue to linger over the integrity of the conduct of democratic elections on the continent. The fact that opposition  parties in many countries having cause to dispute results, questioning the credibility and fairness of the process suggests that work still remains to be done in ‘perfecting’ the democratic enterprise in much of Africa.

    At the regional level, ECOWAS has played a leading role in moderating a sometimes uncertain political terrain of member countries by promoting democracy and multiparty elections. The ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance identifies the organisation of election observation during elections in member states as a key component of its conflict prevention mechanism.  As a result, the Commission through the agency of the Political Affairs Department plays a leading role in the organisation of election observation missions during member states’ elections; all in an effort to help bolster and consolidate democracy in the region. The Centre has since 2004 collaborated with the Commission to provide training for election observers in West Africa. To date, the ECOWAS/KAIPTC Election Observation Training programme has trained nearly 500 observers many of whom have been deployed on observation missions by ECOWAS and other observation missions.

    Course Objectives

    The overarching goal of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and technical capacity of experts in election observation in West Africa in particular and elsewhere on the continent as a whole. The objective is to facilitate an increase in the contribution of experts to ECOWAS’ efforts at preventing elections related conflict/violence and to help further democracy in the region.

    Target Group

    The course targets the broad range of electoral actors, including Civil Society Organizations, election management bodies, and RECs within Africa, but applications from outside the region are also welcomed and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

    • Civil Society Actors
    • Political Parties
    • Election Observation groups
    • Regional Economic communities
    • Election Management Bodies
    • International and Non-governmental groups


    Expected Outcome

    This course is designed as a capacity building opportunity to help enhance the contribution of experts to peace operations within West Africa and elsewhere in the region. It will provide participants with the tools and skills necessary to help enhance the integrity and credibility of elections and reduce the potential for election related violence.

    Training Methodology

    Facilitation is interactive, using the adult learning methodology of collaborative problem-based approach. It consists of mini lectures, small group activities, panel discussions, brainstorming, case studies, and simulations.

    Facilitators and Resource Persons

    The programme will bring together a team of facilitators and resource persons made up of election experts, practitioners, trainers and advocates from West Africa and beyond.

    Course Content

    The course aims to provide participants with the tools and skills necessary to help enhance the integrity and credibility of elections and reduce the potential for election related violence. The course covers a total of six (6) modules consisting of seventeen topics and a simulation exercise. They are as follows:


    This module provides the overall framework for elections and election observation and their contribution to the democratization process, particularly in promoting good governance.


    1.1 Understanding the role of election in good governance and democracy

    • Conceptual Framework for Elections and Election Observation
    • Understanding the Electoral Cycle
    • The Legal Framework of Elections



    This module highlights the distinct role and responsibilities of election management bodies in organizing elections and the various challenges that they face.


    • The role and challenges of election management bodies in facilitating credible and peaceful elections



    This module provides an overview of the various approaches for organizing election observation missions, the roles and responsibilities of observers, and some practical skills/knowledge needed to observe elections.


    • Organization of Election Observation Mission
    • Code of Conduct for International Election Observation
    • Election Observation Mission: Types of Support, Developments and Challenges
    • Organizing an ECOWAS Election Observation – Best Practices & Lessons from the Field
    • Social and Intercultural Competence ( Working with Local Actors)
    • Personal Security in the Field
    • Simulations Exercise
    • Introduction to Report Writing



    This module explores the various conflicts that may arise during electoral process and how election observation can help mitigate electoral-related disputes.


    • Election observation as a mechanism for conflict prevention
    • Strategies/measures for preventing/mitigating elections induced conflict and violence



    The modules presents the significance of election observation groups – both international and domestic- and the distinct role they play in promoting fair, transparent and peaceful elections.


    • Civil Society Groups and Election Observation: Their Role, Challenges and Contribution as Domestic Observers
    • The Role of International Observers as Facilitators/Enhancers of Peace, Security and Good Governance



    The module discusses the various challenges, barriers, and opportunities for women’s active political participation, particularly in the electoral process.


    6.1 Conceptual Issues: Understanding the interface between gender roles and the possibilities/opportunities for men and women in the electoral process

    • Issues of Access and Participation: country specific case studies


    Selection Process

    A selection team will pick prospective applicants who are Africans; non Africans working in African missions; have a college degree or related work experience in election. women are strongly recommended to apply.

    Contact at KAIPTC 

    For administrative issues For course content issues
    Mrs Marylyn Agblor
    Training Coordination Officer
    Tel.  00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
    Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201
    Wg Cdr Christian Eshun
    Course Director
    Tel: 00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext 2130
    Mob: 00 233 (0) 243667759