|The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network launches new regional centers
News from the Field, 19 October 2007
Faith in the electoral process and in the people administering this process matters. It matters not only to the electoral exercise per se, but to the legitimacy and credibility of the regime that follows and, ultimately, to the strength of the country’s governance institutions.
This requires cost-effective and accessible election processes as well as Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) that perform their duties in a professional manner and thereby deliver credible elections.
The ACE (Administration and costs for elections) Electoral Knowledge Network (www.aceproject.org) is a dynamic online knowledge repository that
Launched in 2006, this network is the result of a collaborative effort between nine key international development partners within the field of elections and democracy promotion: International IDEA, EISA, Elections Canada, the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE), IFES, UNDESA, UNDP and the UN Electoral Assistance Division (EAD). The European Commission is an ex-officio member.
UNDEF in partnership with UNDP supports a one-year project which, under the lead of International IDEA, helps the ACE Network to expand its global geographic focus. Nine Regional Electoral Resource Centres, strategically located around the world, were officially launched during an ACE training workshop and training hosted by International IDEA at its Stockholm headquarters in July 17-20.
These Resource Centres are designed to be the regional knowledge hubs of ACE. They seek to generate and disseminate electoral knowledge with a specific regional perspective and to provide regionally tailored services to election practitioners. They strive also to incorporate their respective regional perspectives into the ACE network and enable fruitful exchanges with other election practitioners and electoral assistance providers around the world.
Involved in partnership-building with key stakeholders in the region, the regional Centres will be well positioned to identify ways to advance capacity building and target areas for more effective electoral assistance and support.
The ACE Regional Electoral Resource Centres are located in the following regions:
Central and Eastern Europe: The Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) – A Hungary-based association which promotes the institutionalisation and professionalism of democratic processes and procedures.
Since their recent establishment, the Resource Centres have already become an effective source of data collection and translation. Information is now being displayed in more than one hundred regional and country specific pages within the ACE website. The enrichment of the regional component of the ACE website (http://aceproject.org/regions-en) is already evident. The country pages have become a “one-stop-shop” for electoral information, with updated news and links to relevant databases and websites, enhancing the usability and effectiveness of the website for academic and research purposes beyond election administrators, political parties, civil society and media.
* The Commission Electorale Indépendante (CEI/ CENI) of Democratic Republic of the Congo is a self-funded regional centre which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with International IDEA determining activities to be undertaken.