Local Development Forum
Elections WG

Elections Working Group (EWG)


The main purpose of the EWG is to act as a forum for coordination and exchange between donors and the Central Election Commission on issues related to elections, The key functions of the EWG are as
follows
:

  • assist in aligning donor support in relation to the expressed needs of Palestinian national plans for electoral issues;
  • support elections at the national and local level;
  • coordinate and harmonize donor assistance to prevent duplication and overlap;
  • carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA needs and align the donor community;
  • function as the main source of information for PA needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps.
  • The EWG reports to the Governance Strategy Group (GSG) on a regular basis.


    Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors and other institutions (e.g. relevant non-governmental organizations) who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


    Composition

    Co-Chairs: Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP) and US Consulate General
    Technical Advisor: Central Elections Commission (CEC)
    Members:
    Donors: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, NDI, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
    NGOs: The Carter Center 
    Observers: Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development (MoPAD), Ministry of Finance (MoF)
    Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)