Seminar Organised by the South Africa Programme and the Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights (NORDEM) at the NCHR:

Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation(PEMMO) in the Southern African Development Community - SADC Region

Speaker: Denis Kadima, Director, Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA)
Date: 29 March 2004 (Monday), 9 am – 5 pm
Venue:Norrøna Hotel, Grensen 19, Oslo

The one-day seminar aims to introduce and discuss the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC region (PEMMO) to Norwegian and Scandinavian/Nordic academics and professional groups engaged in election observation, assessment and reform in the SADC.

The PEMMO document was adopted at a regional conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 6 November 2003 under the auspices of EISA and the Electoral Commission Forum of SADC countries (ECF), a grouping of all the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in the SADC region. All the EMBs and representatives of civil society organizations from all the 14 SADC countries participated in the conference.

The election principles will serve as benchmarks on the basis of which the management, observation, monitoring and assessment of elections in the SADC region will be based from 2004 and beyond. The PEMMO outlines the guidelines for running a professional and legitimate election as well as details the requirements for a professional and fair assessment of an electoral process. Five elections are scheduled in the SADC region in 2004: South Africa (April), Malawi (May), Botswana (October), Mozambique (November) and Namibia (December).

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Registration Fee: NOK 300 (Lunch included)

The seminar is designed for 30 participants, fifteen of whom will be chosen from relevant members of NORDEM. The rest will be open for application from the academic/research community, government institutions and NGOs. Priority will be given to those whose professional activities are directly related to election monitoring/observation and management.

Deadline for application: 22 March 2003

We require the following information in the application:

Please send your application (by email or fax) and address inquiries to

Lalaine Sadiwa Stormorken
Programme Director, South Africa Programme, NCHR
Phone: 22842031, fax 22 842002,
email:l.s.stormorken at nchr.uio.no

EISA is a non-profit organization established in 1996, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its mission is to strengthen electoral processes, good governance, human rights and democratic values through research, capacity building, advocacy and other targeted interventions. The Institute services governments, electoral commissions, political parties, civil society organizations and other institutions operating in the democracy and governance fields throughout the SADC region and beyond.

Denis Kadima is currently the Executive Director of EISA. In 2001 and 2002, he worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) as Programme Manager in Windhoek, Namibia and Country Director in Lesotho. He has published extensively in the field of elections, democracy and governance and has also been involved in regional efforts towards the development of common electoral standards and norms.