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Opportunities and Challenges of Using Technology in Elections: Experiences of Western and Southern Africa

The overall objective of this conference is to build and enhance the capacity of participants in the choice and usage of ICT in elections for strengthening the credibility, integrity and transparency of electoral processes in ECOWAS and SADC countries.
The specific objectives are to:

  • Review recent trends in the use of election technologies and assess its impact on electoral processes in the last three decades;
  • Provide a platform for EMBs in ECOWAS and SADC countries to share experiences on the introduction and use of ICTs in elections;
  • Identify strategies to support EMBs in adopting sustainable new technologies in elections;
  • Review emerging trends and potential risks of technologies in elections and;
  • Reflect and adapt to the possible advances in electoral technology in the next decade

The workshop will bring together EMB members from ECOWAS and SADC countries, as well as other relevant EMBs that will be invited based on the request of INEC and ECONEC. Other participants will include election management and electoral assistance experts, representatives of international organizations, diplomatic community present in Nigeria and service/supply providers.

Dr Miguel Lara Otaola will represent the Electoral Integrity Project at the event. Miguel is the Area Director of International Services for Mexico's Electoral Tribunal. He is a practitioner and scholar in the field of democratic governance and election support. He has held several advisory, programme management and field positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Electoral Integrity Project, amongst others. He has participated as an electoral observer in a number of missions in Asia, Australia, the EU and Latin America. He holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.