EU supports successful 2016 presidential elections in Benin The European Union (EU) intervenes in several ways in order to support Benin in the important democratic rendezvous of these presidential elections. Firstly, the EU supports the electoral operations of the National Autonomous Electoral Commission (CENA) by providing technical assistance since 20 January 2016. Implemented by ECES (European Center for Electoral Support), this technical assistance mission supports CENA in its mission, particularly for communication and awareness-raising activities, as well as training. On the other hand, in response to the invitation of the President of the Republic, a mission of electoral expertise (MEE) of the European Union is currently staying in Cotonou. The mission is composed of three experts responsible for analyzing the various phases of the electoral process and will meet many interlocutors for this purpose. This mission is independent, neutral, does not intervene in the process and abstains from public communication. Finally, the European Union supports the Electoral Platform of Civil Society Organizations in Benin and, in so doing, increases the presence of civil society observers during the elections.
UNDP: Support for the 2016 Presidential Election for Peaceful and Democratic Alternation in Benin
Count of votes at a polling station in the second round of the presidential election (Photo: UNDP Benin)
The Beninese have just elected Mr. Patrice Talon, President of the Republic, for the next five years. This presidential election whose first round took place on March 6 and the second round on March 20, 2016 marks a turning point for Benin’s democracy.
As in the past, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) provided technical and financial support for this presidential election. A team of experts assisted the National Electoral Commission (CENA), the main electoral management body, to implement planning, monitoring and evaluation, training and logistics. UNDP also provided support for the procurement of sensitive materials, including indelible ink (28,000 vials) and secure seals for ballot boxes (390,000), to cover the first and second ballots, all for a total amount of 386 811 730 Fcfa (about 700 000 US dollars).
UNDP also provided financial support to the Electoral Platform of Civil Society Organizations, for the establishment of the electoral watch box, a citizen observation device, which contributed to the holding of a free election, can This support to civil society has strengthened its role in voter education, observation and mediation. The data observed in the field could be analyzed and rapid responses could be made.
To this end, 600 election observers from civil society organizations (CSOs) were trained and deployed independently to observe the election with the support of UNDP. Some 2,450 observers were supported by other partners, including the European Union, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the State Embassy. -United.
In 2015, UNDP had already played an important role in the organization of the parliamentary elections, which made it possible to elect the 83 deputies – including 7 women – serving since May 2015 in the National Assembly, and municipal, communal and municipal elections. This UNDP support to the 2015 election process is estimated at more than 100 million CFA francs, or about US $ 200,000.
With the support of ECES, CENA trains electoral actors on conflict management during elections.
The National Autonomous Electoral Commission (Cena) in partnership with the European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) organized from 11 to 13 April 2016 a training seminar on leadership and electoral conflict management. Participated in the session of Cena members, representatives of civil society and other actors of the electoral process in Benin. The goal was to build the leadership capacity of these actors and provide them with the tools they need to manage conflict during an election period.
For Josep Coll, head of the European Union delegation in Benin, it was also a question of allowing electoral agents to capitalize on the experiences gained in recent months when Benin organized three elections, namely the communals and the legislative elections. the 2015 presidential election in 2016. The diplomat particularly emphasized the role of communication and social networks during this election period.
“This training also allowed us to know that in such work, to succeed in an electoral process we must have a common vision, we must look in the same direction,” said Fatoumatou Batoko-Zossou, member of the civil society and president of the electoral platform of civil society organizations during the presidential elections of March 2016.
Satisfied with the training, participants who left with certificates, tools and materials to manage other elections expressed the wish to see the experience repeat itself. Indeed, this training session marks the end of Ceae’s technical support to Cena on behalf of the 2016 presidential election.
Donation of Vehicles in Benin for the elections!
The giant neighbor of East Benin makes a logistical contribution to the proper organization of the presidential election on Sunday, March 6th. Nigeria has donated 15 cars and 100 motorcycles to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENA).
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Lawrence Obisakin, at the handover ceremony on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the CENA headquarters in Cotonou, hailed the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to affirm Nigeria’s leadership in Africa . This is the donation of 15 Hilux vehicles and 100 motorcycles to the CENA Independent Electoral Commission of Benin by Nigeria.
The diplomat said the donations were made despite the financial challenges facing Nigeria. “We know that Nigeria is going through a period of economic crisis, however, our president, in his wisdom, despite the economic difficulties, was able to be sensitive to the needs of Benin.” President Buhari, in his wisdom, was able to find a way to help a country that needs a lot more help, “he said.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulus Lolo, also congratulated Mr. Buhari, saying that he had given visibility to Nigeria’s contributions to African countries since taking office.
In response, CENA President Emmanuel Tiando praised Nigeria’s support to Benin at all times, saying that the donation would help the institution responsible for organizing elections in Benin to improve its performance. .
“The quality of the relationship between Nigeria is demonstrated by the frequent meetings that exist between the two countries,” said Emmanuel Tiando
The conference room of “Benin Royal Hotel” serves as a framework since this morning, Thursday, January 25, 2018, at an evaluation workshop of the electoral code. Initiated by the autonomous national electoral commission (cena), this evaluation workshop will allow the actors involved in the organization of elections in the Republic of Benin to question the strengths and weaknesses of the texts that supported the organization of elections in Benin during the last three elections.
Officially launched by Emmanuel Tiando, President of the National Electoral Commission, this workshop which involves the participation of several actors involved in the organization of elections in Benin is an activity contained in the annual work plan of the body in charge of elections .
In presenting the electoral code, President Emmanuel Tiando recalled that the law on the Electoral Code in the Republic of Benin, promulgated in 2013, is the result of the consensus of the political class around the procedures involved in the organization of elections in our country.
The National Autonomous Electoral Commission (CENA) wants to better control the electoral expenses of Benin. She invited to a workshop opened June 19 in Cotonou, the various structures involved in the organization of elections.
In three days of work, the representatives of the ministries, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the Parliament as well as those of the civil society will think about the harmonization of the mechanisms of elaboration of the budgets of the elections. Emmanuel Tiando, the president of the CENA specified the tasks. It is :
Define the main cost elements of elections in Benin
Estimate the hourly workload of each electoral officer
Propose harmonized rates of bonuses to be paid to election officers
The goal is to reduce the costs of elections deemed high by the president of the CENA. They have been growing from one election to another since 1991, said Basil Fassinou, the budget coordinator at CENA.
The rationalization of election expenses is also one of the objectives of the proposed reform of the electoral code. In particular, it is a question of introducing general elections to avoid the enormous expenses induced by successive elections such as those to come in the next three years (legislative elections in 2019, communal elections in 2020 and presidential elections in 2021).
The National Independent Electoral Commission has been organizing since Monday, August 20, 2018 a training workshop type BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Election), for its executives in the perspective of organizing the next parliamentary elections. Initiated with the technical and financial support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (Osiwa) and the Resao, this workshop intends, according to Emmanuel Tiando, president of Cena, to use the concrete realities experienced in electoral matters to build skills. and aptitudes for future deadlines.
For five days, the executives of the body in charge of the organization of the elections in Benin will be equipped on technical and professional aspects. They will be administered in modules such as the introduction to tax administration, strategic planning. For Emmanuel Tiando, it will be for the members of the CENA to revisit their previous electoral experiences by highlighting their performance, the successes on which to capitalize but also and especially the inadequacies to correct. An approach that, according to him, is in line with BRIDGE’s overall objectives: “to help build the capacity of the electoral administrators we are in order to be able to fulfill our mission more concretely and effectively, to increase our professionalism, building teams and networks within our electoral management body or with other external bodies of the same nature, “explained the president of Cena.
In addition, Emmanuel Tiando recalled that since its installation in July 2014, the members of Cena had had to organize several elections which, despite some shortcomings, have been successful. It should be noted that Cena’s main mission is to make every effort to ensure Benin’s inclusive, free, transparent and credible elections. According to President Emmanuel Tiando, this mission, the Cena accomplishes it by having as sole guides the conviction and the will of its members to serve the nation. “But, we have to recognize that if we had benefited from more adequate training, we would have better organized these elections because we would be technically and professionally better equipped,” he said. Hence the holding of this training workshop organized as a prelude to the parliamentary elections of 2019.
Concerned about the smooth conduct of the next electoral cycle, including the debates in the budget conference on the organization of the legislative elections of 2019, the National Electoral Commission (Cena) will hold from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 June in Cotonou, a national workshop to the place of the institutions involved in the electoral process. The aim is to harmonize sectoral budgets with stakeholders in order to reduce the cost of elections.
Under the theme “Harmonization of sectoral budgets of the various ministries and institutions involved in the electoral process”, this workshop intends to allow Cena to control the cost of elections. Thus, the major actors of the process such as ministries, the National Assembly, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, Cos-Lépi, the National Observatory of Electoral Processes and civil society organizations will take part in this meeting which will opens a few months before the next election cycle.
It is a contribution of the electoral commission for a better organization of the elections. The participants will focus on three main lines of reflection, including the “challenges and challenges of harmonizing electoral expenditure budgets to reduce the costs of elections in Benin”, “resource mobilization and election financing in Benin”, which will be presented by the Ministry of Finance while the other institutions will present “the methodology for drawing up their respective budgets and the items taken into account in these budgets”. These different sub-themes thus testify to Cena’s desire for transparency and reliability in the organization of elections at a lower cost.
The abolition of the National Independent Electoral Commission (Cena) is not on the agenda. This institution which is in charge of the organization of the elections in Benin will have to be reinforced, instead of suffering a suppression according to the MP of the block of the parliamentary majority Jean-Michel Abimbola of passage on the emission free Zone of Channel 3 this Sunday, March 04, 2018.
It is a poisoning, he claimed, saying that this option is not possible. “We’re not going to delete the Cena. It’s a Beninese label, “said Jean-Michel Abimbola. He says they are there to strengthen the institution and to give it more means. “Why do you want us to delete this label? He asked himself.