Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) are working to conduct the inaugural elections for the Coordinating Collective of our recently launched continental civil society movement.

EISA, an independent electoral service provider, in consultation with the Movement, will assume overall responsibility for the administration of the election and thereby enhance the legitimacy and credibility of the election process. EISA is renowned for their capacity, experience, and technical expertise in the management of the Trustee selection process. They also have a vast knowledge of working with civil society organisations in the SADC region and across the African continent.

The Africans Rising Statute as approved by the Interim Working Committee governs the rules and procedures for the election process of the Coordinating Collective. The term of office of the Coordinating Collective members is two years with a maximum of two terms.

The initial Coordinating Collective election will be undertaken in the same year as the Africans Rising registration in the Gambia and it is envisaged that the election process will run from June 2018 until early December 2018.

Africans Rising appointed the Nominations Committee and commenced with the election process. The official languages for this election are Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Any African engaged with the Movement who is not holding any official position in their respective country’s party-political structure or any non-African international organisation is eligible to stand for election.
  • For any Member to be nominated to be elected, h/se must have been a duly registered member of the Movement for at least three months prior to the voting date.
  • A member will be disqualified if such a member:

Has prior to this election served two consecutive terms as a Coordinating Committee Member. This rule will apply for future elections after these elections have been held.

Is not a member of Africans Rising.

VOTERS’ ROLL
The registration of voters is ongoing and the will close on October 12th, just before the election starts on October 25th. After the registration process has been concluded, the Nominations Committee will publish the voters’ roll on the Movement’s website. After publication of the voters’ roll no new registrations will be allowed to register. This will allow for members to check their names, lodge objections, respond to objections, finalise and close the voters’ roll.

NOMINATION PROCESS
The purpose of the Nominations Committee is to register voters and finalise the voters’ roll, call for nominations and in consultation with EISA oversee the opening and closing of the nomination process. As per the Africans Rising statute, a Nominations Committee will be established from three resources:

  • Three names will be drawn from the group who convened at the Validation Conference in Arusha where the Kilimanjaro Declaration was developed and adopted;
  • Three names will be drawn from the general membership;
  • Two names will be drawn from the current Interim Working Group.

Furthermore, the Nominations Committee profile must ensure a gender balance of 40% - 60% elected by and accountable to the members’ collective.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The nominations period shall be from 3 August 2018 until 3 September 2018. English is the only language for submission of nominations and nominees shall be required to sign a consent form obtainable on the Movement’s website indicating acceptance of their nomination.

Associate Members are not allowed to nominate any candidate for election since they have no voting rights. However, they are free to voice their choices and concerns through an Affiliate Member of their choice.

VOTING
Members are to vote using the electronic application system to be made available on the Movement’s intranet. The procedures for electronic voting will mirror those of fax and email voting in that Members will be limited to one (1) vote each. Additionally, Members who do not have access to the internet to access the online voting system can vote via fax or email.

Prior to the start of voting, EISA will audit the voting application system in order to test its integrity, security, functionality and usability. To this end, EISA has retained the services of a competent IT company to independently scrutinise the voting application.

COUNTING OF VOTES & DECLARATION OF ELECTION RESULTS
At the end of the voting process, the EISA Chief Electoral Officer shall reconcile the number of people that have voted using the electronic application as well as the votes counted manually. It is envisaged that the extracted reports shall be date and time stamped, printed in the presence of witnesses.

EISA will declare the election results within two days after the counting of ballots at the EISA Johannesburg office.

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