STAE officers receive BRIDGE certificates

Jan 31, 2012

Dili – A group of 25 electoral staff and prosecutors have boosted their skills in resolving electoral disputes, and their knowledge of electoral administration, thanks to a two-week Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) course.

Director General of Timor-Leste’s Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) thanked UNDP, the European Union and the Pro PALOP│TL team for their continued support in the area of electoral administration, and institutional capacity strengthening.

BRIDGE is a professional development program which focuses on electoral processes. The training included modules on facilitation, election administration and electoral dispute resolution.

It was organized in collaboration with UNDP’s Support to the Timorese Electoral Cycle project and was conducted in Portuguese and Tetum at the STAE Conference Room, Dili.

The 25 participants including district STAE coordinators and STAE officers from Dili and District Prosecutors from the Office of the Prosecutor General.

Facilitators included Pro PALOP│TL Project officer, Raphael Pouye and Claudio Albasini from STAE Mozambique.

Several Timor-Leste facilitators, including UNEST staff Diane Almeida, Carla Duarte and Vicente Ximenes and Cesarina Cunha from STAE, also used the course to obtain their BRIDGE facilitator accreditation.

Ruth Jorge from the European Union (EU) Delegation to Timor-Leste highlighted the importance of the training in the context of the electoral assistance provided to STAE.

“The EU is committed to continuing to support STAE, in the professionalization of its staff through capacity building programs implemented in partnership with UNDP in various areas of expertise. This capacity development is particularly important on the eve of the 2012 national elections,” she said.

UNDP Country Director, Mikiko Tanaka said: “The training for STAE electoral officers is an activity which is part of a broader capacity building program of the UNDP Electoral Project, comprising assistance to the electoral management bodies in the areas of administration, operations, logistics, voter and civic education.”

The project is funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP.