Proper operation of automatic ballot boxes during elections depends on the knowledge of more than 4 thousand specialists

Nov 11, 2016

Photo Credit: Meri Bekeshova

4750 specialists will be trained in the Kyrgyz Republic. Two people from each polling station. Trained specialists act as operators of automatic ballot boxes and will be responsible for their proper operation during Election Day.

Within 7-12 November 2016 throughout the country there are being held trainings of specialists of the Territorial and District Election Commissions on the usage of automatic ballot boxes.

Training aims at preparation of trained professionals working with automatic ballot boxes during upcoming elections to the local councils and the referendum on amendments to the Constitution that will be held 11 December 2016.

"Qualitative knowledge gained by specialists will help to avoid accidental equipment failures during elections, which, in turn, will not disrupt the voting process,” - shared his opinion one of the participant of the training.

The training is also attended by specially formed support group of representatives of Central Election Commission which will work closely with the polling stations on Election Day. In case of failure of operation of equipment at a particular site, members of the group will quickly visit a place and fix damage or change the failed equipment.

“This support from UNDP is very important and timely. In anticipation of the forthcoming elections of members of local councils and the referendum, one of the main problems for the Central Election Commission is to conduct high-quality training of members of Territorial and District Election Commissions to work with automatic ballot boxes. Training will take place in Bishkek and Osh, as well as in all rayon centers of the country. Previously, with the support of UNDP in Bishkek and Osh there were held trainings for 120 specialists who are now working as trainers,” - said the Director of the Center for Election Technology of Central Election Commission Nargiza Abdyldaeva.

UNDP “Kyrgyz Elections Support Project 2014-2017” (KESP) and the Swiss Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic have supported trainings and preparation of training materials.

Meri Bekeshova, UNDP project “Widening access to justice in the KR” Communication specialist

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