Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (19 July 2012) - Trainings for employees of the Central Election Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic were held from 12 June to 17 July at the National Center for Informational Technologies and the LingoKomp Center. Members and staff of the CEC as well as system administrators from all regions of the country were divided into categories and trained on related topics: basics of informational and networking technologies, basics of Linux/Unix operating system, Windows Server and organization of local and corporate networks.
Training was organized upon CEC’s request by UNDP Kyrgyz Elections Support Project (KESP) with the financial support of the European Union, Governments of Austria and Japan. It was based on prior assessment of the staff’s proficiency in informational technologies and their needs. Course programme was developed in accordance with the assessment results.
"We hope that the training will help CEC staff to organize effective electoral processes, especially the system administrators who will work on voter lists in the regions," - said Meder Dastanbekov, coordinator of UNDP Kyrgyz Elections Support Project (KESP).
Modern information and computer technology is a great asset to facilitate the electoral process and ensure transparency of the process. However, the technology is just a tool, and its effectiveness depends on the people who use it. Therefore it is very important to enhance capacity of CEC staff in this area in order to make elections as transparent and fair as possible.
"CEC pays great attention to professional development and capacity building of its staff, since each employee contributes to the preparation and holding of fair and transparent elections" – said Gulnara Dzhurabayeva, CEC Deputy Chairperson.
The UNDP Kyrgyz Elections Support Project (KESP) is implemented from May 2010 with financial support of European Union, Governments of Austria, Germany and Japan, Delegation of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Soros Foundation and UNDP.
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