Training Course on Election Observation in Egypt
In partnership with Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies (ICDS), ADF organized a high-level Training of Trainers course in election observation from 20-27 October in Cairo. The course was inaugurated by Mrs. Najlaa Saad Al-Khaldi, ADF Finance and Administration Manager, and Eng. Ahmed Rizk, the ICDS Executive Director. In their speeches, they made it clear that the organization of this course came as a response to the urgent need of the Egyptian civil society to develop capacities and expertise in the field of election monitoring, especially with Egypt being on the eve of decisive elections.
35 trainees took part in the course, including activists and heads of associations from 22 Egyptian governorates, on the grounds that each graduate trainee will train activists and those who wish to observe monitor elections in his governorate.
The training course focused on the adoption of international standards and training techniques both theoretical and applied in order to highlight the scientific skills necessary for a good trainer. This was carried out through studying various concepts related to the electoral process and international standards of free and fair elections, as well as the laws which govern the electoral process, the rights and obligations of the election observers, the stages of observation before, during, and after the elections, monitoring mechanisms and reports.