The UNDP launched yesterday a new elearning course on technology and elections management on the Joint EC-UNDP Task Force on electoral assistance eLearning portal.
This course has been developed over the last number of months and addresses thoroughly the issues and challenges of introducing technology into various elements of electoral administration, including voter registration and results management, etc. It also addresses thoroughly the role and challenges of working with biometric technologies, and discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of eVoting systems. We have also addressed issues related to linking voter and civil registries , and have introduced the topic of digital identity and its interface with voter registration. The primary focus of the course is on the crucial question of how to determine whether proposed technologies are sustainable and appropriate for the environment in which they are being considered.
We believe the course will be of major benefit to electoral management bodies, electoral assistance providers and other electoral stakeholders (including observers and other civil society groups). The course should take between 4-6 hours to complete, and a certificate is available to all those that complete the course (following completion of the course exam modules).
The course is being launched as a form of ‘sister’ publication to the summary report from the Mombasa workshop in March of this year, which will be launched later this week.