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 our 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 was launched after the movement's Africans Rising registration in the Gambia and it the election process will run from June 2018 until early December 2018.
Africans Rising appointed a Nominations Committee and commenced with the election process. The official languages for this election are Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.
1. Any African engaged with the Movement who is not holding any official position in their respective country’s political parties or any non-African international organisation is eligible to stand for election.
2. For any Member to be nominated to be elected, he/she must be registered on the Electoral roll by October 12th, 2018.
3. A member will be disqualified if such a member has prior to this election served two consecutive terms as an IWG Member.
The registration of voters is ongoing and the will close on October 12th, while the voting will start on October 25th 2018. After the registration process has been concluded, the Nominations Committee will publish the electoral roll on the Movement’s website. This will allow for members to check their names, lodge objections, respond to objections, finalise and close the electoral roll.
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.
The nominations period shall be from 3rd August 2018 until 3oth September 2018. English is the only language for submission of nominations and nominees shall be required to sign a form obtainable on the Movement’s website indicating acceptance of their nomination.
Members are to vote using the electronic application system which will be available on the Africans Rising intranet. The procedures for electronic voting will mirror those of fax and email voting in that members will be limited to one (1) vote. Additionally, Members who do not have access to the internet can vote via fax or email.
COUNTING OF VOTES & DECLARATION OF ELECTIONS RESULTS
At the end of the voting process, the EISA Chief Electoral Officer will reconcile the number of people that have voted using an 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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