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Training sessions for PECs

22 February 2013

The Central Election Commission (CEC), with support from the European Union and other partners, is administering a nationwide training programme for Precinct Election Commissions (PECs) before the 2013 presidential elections. The programme is financed by the EU as part of its €1.7 million project “Support to Two Electoral Cycles in Armenia”.
One training session was held on 11 February at the Charents school in Yerevan. It was open to the media, as well as diplomatic and international organisations. The event was attended by Tigran Mukuchyan, the CEC Chairman, Jonathan Aves, the British Ambassador, Andrey Sorokin, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, and Traian Hristea, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia.
The programme targets the almost 16,000 precinct election commissioners who will serve voters at Armenia’s 1,988 polling stations on Election Day. Training sessions for PEC commissioners began on 28 January and will be concluded on 15 February.

Stressing that free and fair elections were fundamental for democracy, Hristea said that the European Union expected Armenia to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections would be held in accordance with international standards and commitments. According to him, the role of the PEC commissioners as dedicated officials on the elections day would be crucial: ‘Professional members of the staff of electoral bodies need appropriate skills, practice, and commitment to the principles of the electoral management, such as fairness, impartiality, independence, transparency, accessibility and professionalism. Training election management bodies is one of the key activities in our project supporting the electoral process in Armenia’.

Training sessions cover professional election administration training, including processing of voters and vote-counting procedures, proper use of ink in voter identification and ballot validation, and introducing magnifying lenses to assist visually-impaired voters.

Those being trained have received informational reference materials to be used during the training and on Election Day itself, as well as a PEC instructional manual, a set of informational posters to be displayed at polling stations, a copy of the new election code, and CEC decisions.

Mukuchyan stated that there had been strong participation in the training process throughout the country: ‘The training sessions were conducted simultaneously in all the regions of the country, even in some rural areas which are located far from the cities, to make it easy for the PEC commissioners to participate’.

Apart from the EU and OSCE support, the nationwide training programme has other donors as well. USAID sponsored the preparation programme for the 44 trainers recruited by the CEC and IFES to conduct 649 training sessions across the country. The British Embassy in Yerevan is supporting the election administration through the donation of magnifiers for the visually impaired.

Training sessions for PECs

The Central Election Commission (CEC), with support from the European Union and other partners, is administering a nationwide training programme for Precinct Election Commissions (PECs) before the 2013 presidential elections. The programme is financed by the EU as part of its €1.7 million project “Support to Two Electoral Cycles in Armenia”. One training session was held on 11 February at the Charents school in Yerevan. It was open to the media, as well as diplomatic and international organisations. The event was attended by Tigran Mukuchyan, the CEC Chairman, Jonathan Aves, the British Ambassador, Andrey Sorokin, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, and Traian Hristea, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia. The programme targets the almost 16,000 precinct election commissioners who will serve voters at Armenia’s 1,988 polling stations on Election Day. Training sessions for PEC commissioners began on 28 January and will be concluded on 15 February. Stressing that free and fair elections were fundamental for democracy, Hristea said that the European Union expected Armenia to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections would be held in accordance with international standards and commitments. According to him, the role of the PEC commissioners as dedicated officials on the elections day would be crucial: ‘Professional members of the staff of electoral bodies need appropriate skills, practice, and commitment to the principles of the electoral management, such as fairness, impartiality, independence, transparency, accessibility and professionalism. Training election management bodies is one of the key activities in our project supporting the electoral process in Armenia’. Training sessions cover professional election administration training, including processing of voters and vote-counting procedures, proper use of ink in voter identification and ballot validation, and introducing magnifying lenses to assist visually-impaired voters. Those being trained have received informational reference materials to be used during the training and on Election Day itself, as well as a PEC instructional manual, a set of informational posters to be displayed at polling stations, a copy of the new election code, and CEC decisions. Mukuchyan stated that there had been strong participation in the training process throughout the country: ‘The training sessions were conducted simultaneously in all the regions of the country, even in some rural areas which are located far from the cities, to make it easy for the PEC commissioners to participate’. Apart from the EU and OSCE support, the nationwide training programme has other donors as well. USAID sponsored the preparation programme for the 44 trainers recruited by the CEC and IFES to conduct 649 training sessions across the country. The British Embassy in Yerevan is supporting the election administration through the donation of magnifiers for the visually impaired. [gallery link="file"]