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2017 General Voter Registration System (GVRS) Learning Clinic The 2017 GVRS Learning Clinic was held in Brisbane, Australia from 21 to 25 August. The PIANZEA GVRS is a software package designed to support most Voter Registration system requirements of Election Management Bodies (EMB) in countries with small to medium populations. The software is structured so that additional EMB specific requirements can be met with minimal cost and risk through a mixture user configuration, system configuration and targeted software customisation.Countries that participated in the clinic included…
On 6-7 February 2018, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators Network (PIANZEA) delivered a two-day BRIDGE workshop on strategic planning for 23 participants in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The participants came from 14 PIANZEA member Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) spread throughout the region, including: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea/Bougainville, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. The strategic planning module aims develop more effective long-term planning for elections…
Two BRIDGE modules were conducted in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia between the 3rd and 8th of December 2017 for the PIANZEA (Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators) network. This was the first time that BRIDGE has been conducted in the Federated States of Micronesia. Twenty-six participants (15 Female, 11 Male) from the five countries of Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Nauru, Republic of Marshall Islands and Kiribati gathered for the workshops covering the modules of Gender and…

Breaking down boundaries in the Pacific

The PIANZEA Secretariat, supported by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), conducted a BRIDGE workshop in Canberra, Australia on Boundary Delimitation for Polynesian members of the PIANZEA network. Funding for this capacity building program in electoral administration was provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).   The aim of the workshop was to further develop knowledge and capacity of Pacific Electoral Management Body (EMB) staff to explore alternative approaches to boundary delimitation; to introduce the main principles underlying…
PIANZEA jointly sponsored the first ever Pacific Regional Dialogue on Disability Rights in Elections. This event was jointly sponsored by the IFES, AEC/PIANZEA, Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), PIFS and FEO. During the conference, EMB representatives from Samoa, Palau and Australia shared their experiences in providing services for people with disabilities including AEC’s services for blind and low vision voters and its Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). During the meeting FEO announced its intention to establish a similar advisory committee and Palau…

Pacific Electoral Networks Meeting

The PIANZEA Network jointly organised a Pacific Electoral Networks meeting with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Fijian Elections Office from 9-11 May.  The PENS meeting was the first opportunity to bring the Commonwealth Electoral Network and the PIANZEA networks together. The event was opened by the Fijian Minister for Elections, Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum; Chairman of the Commonwealth Electoral Network, Mr Issack Hassan; Director, Political Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr Simon Gimson; and First Assistant Commissioner, AEC, Mr Kevin Kitson.   The…

Australian Election Visitor Program

As part of the Australian Federal Election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) hosted an election visitor program in Canberra from Thursday 30 June to Monday 4 July 2016. Participants included 42 delegates from electoral management bodies, electoral organisations and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Those in attendance included members of the PIANZEA network from Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The program provided a forum for discussion about Australia‚Äôs electoral environment and…

Melanesia Electoral Systems Workshop

The PIANZEA program delivered a five-day BRIDGE workshop on electoral systems in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 7-11 March 2016. The workshop was conducted by a team of PIANZEA facilitators (Fiji, Australia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu). Twenty two participants from Melanesian PIANZEA members (Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG) took part in the workshop which was formally opened by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Andrew Byrne and Acting Chief Electoral Officer, Solomon Islands Electoral Commission, Mr Alphonsus…