Introduction to Electoral Administration in South Sudan

12-14 June 2024

South Sudan

The UN Integrated Electoral Assistance Team, led by the UN Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS), continues its efforts to contribute to strengthening the country’s electoral processes through a series of BRIDGE workshops. From June 12-14, a three-day BRIDGE Introduction to Electoral Administration workshop was held in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, targeting key election stakeholders.

The primary goal of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of members from the National Elections Commission, civil society organizations (CSOs), media, and other stakeholders in executing their respective roles during the electoral process. The workshop was conducted by three experienced BRIDGE facilitators from the continent: Aiah Mattia, Cherer Shaffo and Utloile Silaigwana. It attracted a total of 23 participants, including eight representatives from the National Elections Commission and a diverse mix of other electoral stakeholders, comprising eight women and 15 men.

The workshop aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of key electoral standards, principles, and management techniques. Through a participatory approach, the training sessions fostered an environment of collaboration and teamwork. Participants engaged in interactive discussions and exercises designed to improve their practical skills in electoral administration.

The BRIDGE workshop in Juba is part of a broader initiative to implement similar workshops across South Sudan, all of which have received highly positive feedback. Participants in the Juba workshop particularly praised the training for its engaging and participatory approach. The facilitators were commended for delivering a well-organized and dynamic program that effectively encouraged collaboration among attendees.

Attendees appreciated the practical nature of the training, which not only enhanced their theoretical knowledge but also provided them with practical tools and techniques to apply in their roles. The focus on teamwork and collaborative learning was highlighted as a key strength, enabling participants to build networks and share best practices.

As UNMISS continues to roll out these workshops across the country, the positive feedback and high level of engagement from participants underscore the programme’s success and importance.

Aiah Mattia, Utloile (Sly) Silaigwana, Cherer Shaffo
Face to face workshop
Audience(s) for this workshop:
Electoral Management Body, Civil Society Organisation, Non Government Organisation, Government, Media
Modules used at this workshop:
Introduction to Electoral Administration
Expected Outcomes:
Provide Electoral Principles to Staff, Professional Development of Staff, To develop a support network for stakeholders in electoral processes