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BRIDGE Accreditation For Elections Staff

Three Fijian Elections Office (FEO) staff became fully BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections) accredited Facilitators after they completed a four day workshop at the Holiday Inn in
03 Oct 2015 10:09
BRIDGE Accreditation For Elections Staff
From left: Asenaca Kolinivala, Vake Blake, Ana Mataiciwa, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem, Salaoetau Yavaca, Don Kadir, Director Strategic Planning and Communications, Avinash Kumar.

Three Fijian Elections Office (FEO) staff became fully BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections) accredited Facilitators after they completed a four day workshop at the Holiday Inn in Suva today.

The three FEO Facilitators – Sala George, Ana Mataiciwa and Don Kadir – became semi-accredited at the Train the Facilitator (TtF) BRIDGE workshop that was organised by The Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network (PIANZEA) in August this year. These three facilitators were supervised by its newly established Fijian Electoral Education Centre (FEEC) Manager, Asenaca Kolinivala, who is an existing FEO BRIDGE accredited facilitator.

After conducting four days of training (29th September to 3rd October) with eighteen (18) FEO staff and two (2) members of the public, the facilitators were accredited by Vake Blake, an independent assessor from the Tongan Electoral Commission.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said he was intrigued by the level of independence of the workshop as it was run by a capable group of Facilitators.

“I am very happy and confident that this BRIDGE training is an example of the caliber of workshop that the FEO intends to have run for its future trainings”, said Mr Saneem

The Supervisor of Elections further acknowledged the FEEC, the capacity building arm of FEO, for holding this high standard workshop.

“I think it is also apt to say it is an honour for the FEO to hold its head high in the Pacific region as it has the services of four fully accredited BRIDGE Facilitators and that the FEO is fully able to run BRIDGE level workshops on its own independently” said Mr Saneem.

The Supervisor of Election also acknowledged the assistance provided by the Tongan Electoral Commission for sending Vake Blake for a week to accredit the Facilitators.

He added that this was an example of Pacific collaboration at its best. He looked for similar collaboration in the future between the two organisations and also with other Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in the Pacific.

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