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ECJ team gets training on ways to engage future voters

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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THREE staff members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have left the island for Incheon, Korea, where they are to participate in a global training programme on ways to engage young and future voters in the electoral process.

The course, entitled 'Approaches to Encourage Political Participation of Prospective Voters', will run from October 22 to November 1.

A release from the ECJ said its staff members have embarked on the course in light of the troubling decline in voter turnout in Jamaica's elections.

“The ECJ's Colleen Wallen, director of legal services; Catiecia Smith, regional manager; and Daynia Harper, public education officer, will represent Jamaica at the event facilitated by the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB),” the ECJ said.

The programme, according to the body, will focus on effectively reaching potential voters and engaging them in the decisions that will shape their future. The training is also aimed at equipping election officials with the skills to overcome challenges faced in executing voter-education programmes.

The sessions will involve election management officials from around the world sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices on voter education, it said.

“The ECJ is always mindful of the value of these learning interventions and so we often participate in regional and international workshops, conferences and electoral observation missions in an effort to strengthen its capacity as an election management body,” Director of Elections Glasspole Brown is quoted as saying in the ECJ release.

A-WEB is an international organisation founded in 2013 with the vision to efficiently and effectively spread free, fair, transparent, and participative elections worldwide. ECJ said A-WEB currently has more than 114 member organisations in 106 countries.


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