Professional Certificate in Strategic Reform of Electoral Processes

Day One: Monday

09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair’s Introduction and Welcome
Delegates’ introductions and discussion
Experience and lesson sharing
10:15 What is Electoral Reform?
Electoral Systems
Electoral Law
Voting Procedures
10:45 Morning coffee  
11:00 Electoral Systems and How Are They Chosen?
The main electoral systems
Characteristics of the main electoral systems
Effects of different systems
Key considerations and who chooses?
12:30 Lunch  
13:15 Initiating Reform of Electoral Processes
What are the triggers initiating reform?
Link to international pressures and donor arrangements
Financial constraints
14:45 Afternoon Tea  
15:15 Planning and Implementing Electoral Systems Reform
The electoral cycle and timing of reform
Administrative considerations
16:15 Final Remarks and Round-up Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Two: Tuesday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chairs Introduction and Recap  
10:00 Reform of Legal Processes
Reforming constitution, electoral law, related regulations and rules
Enhancing integrity and relevance of the legal framework
How do EMBs work with these reforms?
11:30 Morning Coffee  
11:45 Reforms of Administrative Processes
New EMB strategies, structures, policies, procedures and technical innovations
Case studies and examples
13:00 Lunch  
13:45 Political Reform and its Impact
Changes in the political environment affecting the EMB
How EMBs adapt to political changes
14:45 Afternoon Tea  
15:00 Delegates Experiences of Electoral Reform
Experience sharing
16:15 Final Remarks and Round-up Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Three: Wednesday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair’s Introduction and Recap  
10:00 Electoral Systems, Voters and Campaigners
Impact of different electoral systems on voters, including women and minority groups
Impact of electoral systems on political parties
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Women's Participation in the MENA Region
The levels of political and electoral participation
What are the challenges, barriers and opportunities?
13:00 Lunch  
13:45 Stakeholder Engagement and Education during Electoral Reform
Identifying stakeholders
Engaging with stakeholders
Explaining Electoral Reform
15:00 Afternoon Tea  
15:15 Campaigning for Electoral Reform
Cast study: The UK’s 2011 Referendum on changing the Parliamentary Voting System
Campaign finance
16:15 Final Remarks and Round up Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Four: Thursday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair’s Introduction and Recap  
10:00 Voting Technologies in the Context of Electoral Reform  
11:30 Morning coffee  
11:45 Case Study
The UK's move to Individual Electoral Registration
13:00 Lunch  
13:45 Understanding the Mathematical and Statistical Underpinnings of Voting Systems
Understanding Voting Systems Designs
(District Magnitude, Thresholds, DV scores)
14:45 Afternoon Tea  
15:00 Transparency and Communication
Essential in managing reform of electoral processes
The timing of electoral reform
Involving members of the EMB in change management
Communicating with the media
16:15 Final Remarks and Round up Discussion  
16:30 Close  

Day Five: Friday

09:30 Refreshments  
09:45 Chair’s Introduction and Recap  
10:00 Assessing the Impact of Electoral Reform on Voters
Understanding voters' views
Understanding voters' behaviour
Using understanding to improve the electoral process
11:00 Morning coffee  
11:15 Overview of Chartered Management Institute Qualification  
11:45 End of Course Wrap Up
Certificate Presentations
Evaluation Forms
Group Photo
12:30 Lunch and Close