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2016

Mission to Romania

From April 12 to 15, 2016, a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec carried out a mission in Bucharest, Romania, where he participated in two electoral seminars. On April 12 and 13, he attended the First Electoral Expert Debates, devoted to Electoral Law and New Technologies: Legal Challenges.

On April 14 and 15, he participated in the 13th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies, which focused on New Technologies in Elections: Public Trust and Challenges for Electoral Management Bodies.

2015

Tunisia Mission

From October 28 to 30, 2015, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec visited Tunisia to participate in a workshop organized by the Instance supérieure indépendante des élections (ISIE) (independent high authority for elections of Tunisia) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The theme of the workshop was the financial autonomy of independent bodies. The Québec representative presented the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec’s experience. In addition, she took advantage of the trip to participate in bilateral working sessions with the ISIE to discuss the electoral practices of both institutions.

Election Observation Mission to Haiti

From October 22 to 29, 2015, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in an observation and contact mission to Haiti organized by the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), on the occasion of the 2nd round of legislative elections, the first round of the presidential election and local elections on October 25, 2015.

During the mission, the members of the OIF mission, in particular, met with civil society representatives, the administrators of Haiti’s provisional electoral commission and officials from other election observation missions including officials from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union missions. On October 25, they took part in onsite observation at several polling stations.

Election observation mission in Haiti

During the first round of legislative and senatorial elections held in Haiti on August 9, 2015, a DGEQ representative took part in an election observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS). The mission comprised 28 professionals from 12 countries and took place from August 5 to 11, 2015.

Election observation mission in Mexico

From June 2 to 8, 2015, two DGEQ representatives took part in an election observation mission of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) in the context of the general elections of June 7, 2015 in Mexico. The mission's final report will be published during fall 2015 on COPA

Mission in Belgium

From March 30 to April 2, 2015, two representatives of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a mission of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF) in Brussels Belgium.

On March 30 and 31, they took part in the 12th European Conference of Electoral Management Bodies, during which a presentation entitled The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec: At the heart of an efficient, transparent electoral system was given before 150 participants from the 50 countries represented.

On April 1, they coordinated RECEF’s 3rd Seminar on International Exchanges, focusing on Securising, centralising, processing and publishing election results. Some 40 representatives from 20 nations of La Francophonie took part in the seminar, along with representatives of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the European Commission, the Venice Commission, the Organization of American States, the European Centre for Electoral Support, and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

On April 2, the representatives of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec co-chaired the 3rd RECEF General Assembly, as general secretary and advisor. For more information concerning RECEF, please visit the organization’s website (in French only).

Election Seminar in Brussels

From November 5 to 7, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF) presented an important training seminar on leadership and conflict management for election administration (LEAD). The training seminar was co-sponsored by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and the Central African School for Electoral Information (EFEAC). This event was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

In attendance were 20 representatives from 11 organizations involved in French-language election management from Belgium, Benin, Burundi, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Québec, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal.

The event was coordinated entirely by the general secretariat of the RECEF, located in the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec.

Three Election Observation Missions in Tunisia

From October 22 to 29, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in a fact-finding and networking mission in Tunisia during the legislative elections held on October 26, 2014. The mission was organized by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

From November 19 to 26 and December 17 to 23, a representative of the DGEQ took part in OIF fact-finding and networking missions in Tunisia for the 1st and 2nd round of the presidential election held on November 23 and December 21, 2014 respectively.

On these three occasions, the members of the OIF missions met with the main candidates, civil society representatives, and administrators from the Instance supérieure indépendante pour les élections (ISIE) (independent high authority for elections). They then observed operations at several polling stations and during centralization of the election results. The election went well and constitutes an integral part of Tunisia’s democratic transition following the “Jasmine Revolution”, a precursor to the “Arab Spring”.

2014

Evaluation mission to Haiti

From August 31 to September 5, a representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in an election assessment mission in Haiti for the International Organisation of La Francophonie to evaluate the state of preparations in the country in light of the municipal, legislative, and senatorial elections due in fall 2014.

The delegates held many meetings during this mission, notably with: The President of the Haitian Republic, Mr. Michel Martelly, the minister delegate to the prime minister for human rights and the fight against extreme poverty, the Protector of Citizens in Haiti, the Minister of foreign Affairs (Haiti) and representatives from the Provisional Electoral Commission (CEP), the Haitian journalists' Association, the National Human Rights Defense Network, the Supreme Council of Judicial Power, the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), UNESCO and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

Meeting of La Francophonie institutional networks

As secretary general of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Jacques Drouin, took part in the Journées des réseaux institutionnels de la Francophonie held in Paris on May 20 and 21, 2014.

These meetings were an opportunity to foster dialogue between the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and its fifteen institutional networks. In addition to a series of conferences focusing on the issues surrounding consolidation of democracy in Francophone countries, Mr. Drouin also participated in a workshop on "Elections: factor for peace and democratic consolidation". As part of this workshop, he gave a presentation on inclusiveness and transparency in the management of election processes using the Québec electoral system as an example.

One of the highlights of this event was the publication by the OIF of the Guide pratique pour la consolidation de l'état civil, des listes électorales et la protection des données personnelles. The DGEQ and RECEF contributed greatly to preparing this guide.

General Assembly of RECEF in Mali

The Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF) held its second general assembly in Bamako, Mali. On January 22 and 23, RECEF also held an important international seminar on international exchanges concerning the consolidation and professionalization of the institutions that manage elections. This event was made possible thanks to the exceptional cooperation between Mali's General Delegation of Elections (DGE), the Republic of Mali, and the OIF (<æ href="http://www.francophonie.org/Welcome-to-the-International.html" title="International Organisation of La Francophonie">International Organisation of La Francophonie).

This event brought together representatives of 15 organizations that manage elections in the Francophone world, that is Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, France, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Moldova, Niger, Québec, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Senegal, in addition to partners and collaborators from RECEF such as: the OIF, the African Union Commission, the European Centre for Electoral support (ECES), the Central African School for Electoral administration (EFEAC), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the UNESCO chair in Human Rights and Democracy (in French) (Benin), the United Nations Development Programme (in French) (UNDP), and the Francophone Association of Data Protection Authorities (in French)(AFAPDP).

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec was there as a co-organiser and as the Secretary General of RECEF. To learn more about this event, go to RECEF's website (French only).

2013

Electoral observation mission to Madagascar

From December 15 to 23, 2013 the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in an electoral observation mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie for the second round of legislative elections in Madagascar, held on December 20, 2013.

To learn more about this mission, we invite you to consult the website of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (in French).

Electoral observation mission to Mali

From December 12 to 17, 2013 a representative from the DGEQ took part in an electoral observation mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie for the second round of legislative elections in Mali, held on December 15, 2013.

To learn more about this mission, we invite you to consult the website of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (in French).

Electoral observation mission to Mali

From November 20 to 28, a representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in an electoral observation mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie for the first round of legislative elections in Mali, which was held on November 24, 2013.

To learn more about this mission, we invite you to consult the website of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (in French).

Electoral observation mission to Madagascar

From October 21 to 31, a representative from the Chief electoral officer of Québec took part in an electoral observation mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie for the first round of voting in Madagascar's presidential election which was held on October 25, 2013.

To learn more about this mission, we invite you to consult the website of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (in French). Of particular interest is a video from TV5Monde on the preparations for this important vote in the company of an OIF observer.

Mission to Cameroon

From September 26 to October 2, a representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in an information and contact mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie for Cameroon's parliamentary and municipal elections held on September 30, 2013.

Read the press release from the International Organisation of La Francophonie (French only) about this mission.

Multi-Sector Mission to Africa

From September 6 to 14, 2013, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a multi-sector Québec mission to Africa visiting the countries of Senegal, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. Carrying on the DGE's tradition of solidarity and international cooperation, the mission was an opportunity for the DGE to strengthen ties and discuss partnerships with his African counterparts.

Through his participation in this multi-sector Québec mission to Africa, the DGE was able to meet with his counterparts such as the chief electoral officer of Senegal, the chairman of the independent electoral commission of the Ivory Coast and the chairman of the national independent electoral commission of Burkina Faso. The meetings with the leaders of these member institutions of the RECEF allowed gaining a deeper mutual understanding of the different election administration structures and to discuss future partnership projects.

See press release of the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade.

Mission to Mali

From July 25 to August 1, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in an information and contact mission for the International International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) as part of the 1st round of presidential elections in Mali held on July 28, 2013.

Electoral observation mission to Paraguay

From April 17 to 22, 2013, two representatives from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in an electoral observation mission within the framework of the general election in Paraguay. They joined forces with a delegation of 17 parliamentarians dispatched by the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA).

During the mission, they met with various stakeholders involved in and concerned by the electoral process, including Paraguay’s Supreme Court of Electoral Justice and several presidential candidates, as well as civil society organizations. On polling day, the entire delegation was posted in five departments to observe the voting process at nearly fifty polling stations.

Since 2005, DGEQ has taken part in 14 of COPA’s electoral observation missions, providing electoral expertise and logistical support.

Mission to Burundi

From March 25 to 29, 2013, a representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in an electoral training mission focused on "Leadership and conflict management for election stakeholders" (LEAD) which was coordinated by the European Centre for Electoral Support. The representative from Québec hosted a session on the prevention of electoral crises and the consolidation of democracy during the post-election period.

This training session was offered to around fifty Burundians from various organizations, notably the presidency of the Republic of Burundi, the Justice Ministry, National Defence and Public Security, as well as the media and the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (Independent National Electoral Commission).

2012

Mission to Madagascar

From December 16 to 21, 2012, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a mission for the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) in Madagascar. The members of the Francophone mission worked in conjunction with the Commission électorale nationale indépendante pour la transition (CENI-T) regarding the quality of electoral lists and the consolidation of the Malagasy electoral roll.

Mission to Gabon

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec participated in the General Assembly of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills, known by its French acronym, RECEF, as the secretary-general. In addition, he attended a Seminar on biometrics and electoral material organized by the Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF). These activities took place from December 5 to 7, 2012 in Libreville in Gabon.

This event was made possible thanks to a significant financial contribution from Gabon's Autonomous and Independent National Electoral Commission  (CENAP) du Gabon and the OIF.

Mission to Burkina Faso

From November 27 to December 4, a representative from the Chief Electoral of Québec participated in an information and contact mission for the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) as part of the municipal and legislative elections held on December 2, 2012 in Burkina Faso.

Meeting of the 7th Québec-Catalonia Joint Committee

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in the 7th Québec-Catalonia Joint Committee, in Barcelona. As part of this meeting, the cooperation project linking the DGEQ and its Catalonian counterpart was renewed. Working meetings were also held between these two partners. Discussions focused on preparations for the Catalan vote to be held on November 25 as well as on its democracy in education programs.

Mission to Monaco

A representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and from the secretary-general of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills, known by its French acronym, RECEF (www.recef.org) participated in the 6th annual Conference of the Association francophone des Autorités de protection des données personnelles (Francophone Association of Data Protection Authorities) (www.afapdp.org) from November 21 to 23, 2012 in Monaco.

A status report from the Francophone Working Group on establishing civil registers, preparing voter lists, and protecting personal data was presented.

IFES program for the U.S. Election

A representative from the Chief Electoral of Québec took part in the program offered by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) as part of the 2012 U.S. Presidential and Legislative elections. From November 4 to 7, 2012, representatives from electoral administrations, diplomats and parliamentarians from the four corners of the world took part in this program. On the agenda, notably, were conferences with U.S. election experts and a tour of polling locations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Mission to Paris, France

As the general secretary of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), Québec's Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Jacques Drouin, took part in a meeting of the Executive Committee which was held at the head offices of International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) in Paris on October 8, 2012. This meeting was made possible thanks to a financial contribution from the OIF.

Mission to Madagascar

A representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a mission for the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) in Madagascar from October 1st to 5, 2012. He delivered a presentation on the election cycle as part of an exchange of experiences and helped with creating electoral texts for national and international institutions involved in the Malagasy election process.

Electoral observation mission to Mexico

From June 26 to July 2, 2012, the general secretary of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in an electoral observation mission for the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) within the framework of Mexican elections which were held on July 1. In addition to electing a new president, Mexicans also elected 500 federal deputies and 128 senators.

As an election expert, the general secretary joined a delegation of thirty from the Americas. Since 2005, the DGEQ has participated in 13 electoral observation missions for COPA. To find out more about this organization electoral observation missions, go to their website at: www.copa.qc.ca.

Participation in the Commonwealth Electoral Network biennial conference

On June 26, 2012, the general secretary of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ) took part in the Commonwealth Electoral Network's Biennial Conference in Toronto. He accompanied the president of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), with whom he participated in a working session on cooperation opportunities between different international organizations in the electoral field.

Analysis and evaluation mission to Madagascar

A representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) to Madagascar, between April 22 and May 5, 2012. This mission was made up of election experts who had as a mandate evaluating the Malagasy electoral process as part of the Roadmap for Ending the Crisis in Madagascar.

Coordination mission to France

A representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF) took part in a mission to Paris, France, between April 23 and 25, 2012. During this mission, which focused on RECEF coordination activities, he participated in various working meetings and cooperation activities with the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and with other representatives from various Francophone Institutional Networks.

Evaluation and analysis mission to Benin

A representative from the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a joint mission with the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF) to Benin, between April 15 and 18, 2012. This mission was made up of Francophone election experts whose mandate was to release the Evaluation Report on Benin's Permanent Computerized Electoral Role (LEPI) to the electoral and political authorities of Benin.

Meeting of experts in Barcelona - Québec-Catalonia collaboration agreement

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and his assistant, the Director of political party financing, took part in a meeting of experts in Barcelona on March 8 and 9, 2012. This meeting was held as part of the partnership between the DGEQ and the Unit of Electoral Processes, the entity responsible for managing elections within the Ministry of Governance and Public Administration of Catalonia. The conversation focused on the electoral practices of the two institutions and more precisely on political financing and public consultations.

Meeting of La Francophonie institutional networks

As the secretary general of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Jacques Drouin, took part in the Journées des réseaux institutionnels de la Francophonie which was held in Paris on March 13 and 14, 2012.

These meetings are intended to be an opportunity to foster dialogue between the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and its various networks. In addition to a series of conferences focusing on the issues surrounding the consolidation of democracy in Francophone countries, Mr. Drouin also took part in a workshop on the associated electoral processes. As part of this workshop, he gave a presentation on RECEF's contribution with regard to the challenges of managing electoral processes.

Seminar on women's leadership in the context of the new Moroccan constitution

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Jacques Drouin, gave a speech as part of a seminar in Morocco on women's leadership roles in the context of the new Moroccan constitution. His talk focused on Québec's electoral system and on the responsibilities of the Chief Electoral Officer.

Technical support mission to Benin

A representative from the Chief Electoral Officer took part in a mission to Benin, led jointly by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (RECEF), from January 30 to February 8, 2012. The mission was composed of five electoral experts whose task was to assess Benin's Permanent Computerized List of Electors.

2011

Electoral observation mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

From November 24 to December 1, 2011, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec participated in a contact and information mission for the International Organisation of the Francophonie, on the occasion of presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which took place on November 28, 2011.

The delegation consisted of fifteen observers who came from various French-speaking states and governments.

Electoral Observation Mission in Tunisia

From October 20 to 26, 2011, the Director of Legal Services at the DGEQ took part in an electoral observation mission for the International Organisation of La Francophonie as part of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Elections in Tunisia and held on October 23, 2011. The delegation, for this important mission, was made up of around 50 observers coming from different Francophone countries.

In this historic election, the Tunisian people are the first to go to the polls since the Arab Spring and the Jasmine Revolution. You can find out more about this mission by going to the OIF's website at l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (story in French and Arabic only) and the ISIE's website l'Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections (ISIE) (French and Arabic only).

Electoral observation mission in Cameroon

From October 6 to 11, 2011, the Electoral Operations Manager of the DGEQ took part in a contact building and information mission for the International Organisation of the Francophonie as part of the presidential election held on October 9, 2011.

In this election, the outgoing president, Paul Biya, was re-elected with a very large majority. You can find out more about this mission by visiting their website at l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (story in French only).

Electoral observation Mission in Mexico

From June 28 to July 5, 2011, the general secretary of the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (DGEQ) participated in an important electoral observation mission for the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) within the framework of the gubernatorial election in the State of Mexico which was held on July 3.

The DGEQ also observed presidential and legislative elections in Mexico as an election expert for COPA in July 2006 and in July 2009. To find out more about COPA's electoral observation missions, go to their website at: www.copa.qc.ca

Electoral Observation Mission in Chad

From April 22th to May 6th, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec participated in an electoral observation mission for the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), during the first round of Presidential elections in Chad, which took place on April 25.

Following the elections, the DGEQ representative was assigned to work with Chad's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the Permanent Office of Elections in the process of centralizing the minutes and the recording of preliminary results by these institutions.

Electoral Observation Mission in Chad

From February 7th to 26th, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in an electoral observation mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie at the time of the February 13th legislative elections in Chad.

Following the elections, the representative of the Chief Electoral Officer was assigned to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission of Chad to accompany it in the process to centralize the minutes and to record the preliminary results.

Mission to evaluate the electoral system and processes in Madagascar

From February 9th to 23rd, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in a mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie to evaluate the electoral system and processes in a crisis resolution context in Madagascar.

The aim of this mission was to evaluate the level of preparation of Madagascan authorities in the organization of the legislative and presidential elections which must be respectively held on April 13, and May 5, 2011.

Information and contact mission in Niger

From January 26th to February 4th, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec participated in an information and contact mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie during the first round of the presidential and legislative elections of January 31, 2011 in Niger.

The Francophone delegation was made up of some ten persons from several States and governments of the Francophone arena. The purpose of this election was to re-establish democracy in this country which had witnessed a coup d'État led by Salou Djibo in February 2010 against President Mamadou Tandja who had refused to relinquish power.

Electoral observation mission in the Central African Republic

From January 17 to 27, 2011, a representative of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec took part in an electoral observation mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the time of the first round of presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic, which were held on January 23, 2011.

The delegation includes 28 observers from several States and governments of the Francophone arena. We invite you to consult the press release of this Francophone observation mission.

2010

Observation of the legislative elections in the Parliament of Catalonia

From November 26 to 29, 2010, two representatives of the Directeur général des élections du Québec participated in the visitors’ program of the Department of Public Administration and Governance during the legislative elections of the Parliament of Catalonia, which were held on November 28, 2010.

TAt the time of their arrival on November 26th, the two representatives of the Directeur général des élections du Québec were received at the Bureau du Québec in Barcelona by Mr. Claude Fleury, who is the bureau director. The visitors’ program included a tour of the electoral information coordination centre on November 27th, a visit to several polling stations and the unveiling of the election results in the Parliament of Catalonia on polling day

This mission was carried out within the context of a partnership between the governments of Québec and Catalonia and was made possible thanks to financing from the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec.

Observation of the mid-term elections in the United States

From November 1st to 3rd, the Director of research, modernization and international cooperation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in the program of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) during the mid-term elections in the United States, which were held on November 2, 2010.

The IFES program included numerous information sessions on the electoral process and the issues of the mid-term elections, as well as the tour of polling stations. To learn more about IFES: www.ifes.org.

Electoral observation mission in Ivory Coast

From October 28th to November 2nd, Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer, took part in an electoral observation mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the time of the first round of the presidential election in Ivory Coast, which was held on October 31, 2010.

The delegation included 12 observers from several States and governments of the French-speaking world. It should be recalled that this election was a historic event for the 5.7 million Ivory Coast electors who had seen this election postponed six times since 2005.

Electoral observation mission in Guinea

From June 22nd to 28th, the Director of Research, Modernization and International Cooperation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in an electoral observation mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), during the first round of the Presidential Elections in the Republic of Guinea. The delegation included more than 20 observers from 14 States and governments within the Francophonie.

The Mission revealed that the people of Guinea were able to express their choice freely despite the deficiencies noted in the organization of the election.

This was the 55th participation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec in a mission of the Francophonie since 1993. To learn more about the activities of the Francophonie in the democracy field, consult their website at the following address: www.democratie.francophonie.org.

Mission to strengthen the capacities of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie in the Central African Republic

From June 1 to 24, 2010, a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in a mission of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) to strengthen electoral capacities in the Central African Republic.

In preparation for the presidential and legislative elections, which have been postponed to the fall of 2010, the main mandate of the mission was to continue the evaluation of the needs and the capacities of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) and to measure the state of preparation of the main stakeholders.

Electoral observation mission in Colombia

From May 26 to 31, 2010, the Director of research, modernization and international cooperation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec of Québec took part in an electoral observation mission of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA), as an electoral expert, within the context of the first round of Colombia’s presidential election.

The delegation included 24 parliamentarians from nine parliaments of the Americas. The delegates observed that the voting operations unfolded in a calm atmosphere and in compliance with the election rules in effect. They saluted and congratulated the Colombian people on the smooth conduct of the presidential election.

This was the 11th participation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec of Québec in an electoral observation mission sponsored by COPA since 2005. To learn more about the electoral observation missions of COPA, consult this organization’s web site at: www.copa.qc.ca.

Mission to Burundi

From April 19 to May 25, 2010, a provincial polling coordinator of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in a technical assistance mission as an electoral expert under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), providing support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Burundi.

Within the context of this mission, several tasks intended to support the electoral process were carried out, notably the preparation of training material and the hosting of several training sessions related to the communal elections.

This mission was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada).

Mission to Paris within the context of the Journées des réseaux institutionnels de la Francophonie (Days of the institutional networks of French-speaking countries)

The Journées des réseaux institutionnels de la Francophonie were held on May 18 and 19, 2010 in Paris within the context of the 10th anniversary of the Barnako Declaration, the reference text for French-speaking countries in their actions in favour of democracy, rights and freedoms.

For the occasion, Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, co-hosted a round table dealing with "Crisis management and transition support". He notably gave a speech on "The roles of electoral institutions during transition periods".

This mission was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec.

Observation mission of the legislative elections of March 14th in Columbia

From March 10 to March 16, 2010, a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in an electoral observation mission with a Québec delegation from Mission Leadership Québec. This Québec delegation joined a group of approximately 70 international observers from 22 countries representing the Organization of American States (OAS) for the legislative elections that took place on March 14th in Colombia.

It is the first time that a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec has taken part in an electoral observation mission for Mission Leadership Québec and a first they have participated in a mission taking place in Columbia.

Mission Leadership Québec Website
www.missionleadership.ca

Website of the electoral observation mission of the OAS in Columbia
http://www.oas.org/electoralmissions/MisionesElectorales/Colombia2010/tabid/899/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Mission of information and contact of the International Organisation of La Francophonie for the presidential elections of March 4th, in Togo.

From February 27 to March 6, 2010, the assistant and Electoral Operations Manager, Mr. Jacque Drouin, participated in a mission of information and contact of the International Organization of La Francophonie in regards to the presidential elections of March 4th in Togo. The mission aimed to measure the efforts made by the participants and organizations of Togo in favour of a free, reliable and transparent poll.

On March 4th, a little over two million Togolese went to the polls to elect their president. According to the results made public on Saturday March 6th by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it is the immediate past President Faure Gnassingbé that won the election with 60.92% of the vote.

His main opponent, Jean-Pierre Fabre from the Union des forces de changement, received 33.94% of the vote. Jean-Pierre Fabre does not acknowledge the victory and is convinced that he won the election with 55% of the vote.

The participation rate was 64.68% which is considered a very low turnout for an African election. The poll was qualified as “free” by the mission of the Communauté des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, that did note however some “discrepancies” regarding the reliability and the authentication of ballot papers.

Mission to reinforce the capabilities of the International Organisation of La Francophonie in Central African Republic.

Between January 23 and 28, 2010, the Secretary General of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in a mission of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) aiming to reinforce the electoral capabilities in Central African Republic.

Regarding the Presidential and legislative elections that should take place in April 2010, an Independent Electoral Commission (EIC) was created in autumn 2009. During this OIF mission, an intensive management seminar on the election process was offered to the commissioners of the EIC.

2009

Electoral observation mission in Bolivia

The Secretary General of the Directeur général des élections du Québec was in Bolivia from December 1 to 7, 2009, as part of an electoral observation mission of election experts organized by the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) for the presidential and legislative elections of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

This was the tenth time that the Directeur général des élections du Québec had been involved in a COPA electoral observation mission since 2005, and the second time as part of a mission to Bolivia. A representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec also observed the Bolivian elections of December 2005, as part of a COPA mission.

For further information on COPA’s electoral observation missions, please see the organization’s website at: www.copa.qc.ca.

Technical evaluation mission to Madagascar by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

In early 2009, a coup d’état took place in Madagascar, and in August the country’s four political movements signed the Maputo Agreement with a view to holding elections that would restore constitutional order and help bring the country out of the crisis. The Agreement asked the international community to support the electoral process leading up to the election. This request was reasserted in early November in the additional agreement of Addis-Abeba.

As part of this process, a representative from the Directeur général des élections du Québec went to Madagascar as part of an electoral evaluation mission led by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) à Madagascar. The mission took place from November 15 to 21, 2009.

Sharing of electoral process experience and expertise with Catalonia

As part of the partnership between the governments and Catalonia, Québec’s Chief Electoral Officer and Catalonia’s Àrea de Processos Electorals have set up a cooperative project to share electoral process experience and expertise. Two representatives of the Directeur général des élections du Québec went to Barcelona for this purpose on November 9 to 13, 2009.

When they arrived on Catalonian soil, they were received at the Québec Government Office in Barcelona by its Director, Claude Fleury

During the week, the parties shared their experience of the list of electors and election administration in the two jurisdictions. A day was spent on the development of electronic voting and Internet voting in Catalonia and Estonia. The Directeur général des élections du Québec’s representatives presented the evaluation report on the use of new voting mechanisms (2006), and also made a presentation on the development of access to voting rights in Québec. At the end of the week, the delegation met with the Minister of Government and Public Administration to discuss Catalonia’s referendum legislation.

Observation of Mauritania’s presidential elections

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania held an early presidential election on July 18 last. Two representatives of the Directeur général des élections du Québec travelled to the country as part of an international observation delegation sent by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

The Electoral Operations Manager was in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, from July 4 to 21, 2009. For the first part of the mission, he worked with the group of experts responsible for making a qualitative and quantitative verification of Mauritania’s revised electoral file. During the last week of his stay, he was involved in observing the election.

The Directeur général des élections du Québec joined him on July 14 as a member of the OIF’s delegation of observers. In all, the OIF sent more than 60 observers, covering the entire country.

According to the OIF mission’s press release, the presidential election of July 18 went smoothly, and the atmosphere was calm. The OIF praised the country’s politicians for their sense of general interest.

Electoral observation of the legislative elections in Mexico

From June 30 to July 7, 2009, the secretary-general of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took place in an electoral observation mission of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) within the context of the legislative elections in Mexico.

This is the ninth participation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec in an electoral observation mission of COPA since 2005. In Mexico, the presidential election is held every six years (2000, 2006, 2012, etc.) whereas legislative elections are held every three years (2003, 2006, 2009, etc.). The Directeur général des élections du Québec had notably observed the presidential and legislative elections in Mexico in conjunction with COPA in July 2006.

Despite the presence of the type A (H1N1) influenza, the 43% turnout rate was similar to that observed during the 2003 legislative elections. At that time the turnout rate stood at 42%.

To learn more about the electoral observation missions of COPA, consult this organization’s web site at the following address: www.copa.qc.ca. The mission report will be available in a few weeks.

Presentation of the permanent list of electors to election officials from the United States

On June 4 and 5, 2009, the Chief Electoral Officer was in Toronto for a conference entitled Voter Registration Modernization : A Case Study of the Canadian Systems of Voter Registration, organized by the Pew Center on the States in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

Aside from Québec, Elections Canada, Elections BC and Elections Ontario presented their voter registration system. Representatives of more than 20 electoral administrations from the four corners of the United States were present. For example, representatives of the electoral administrations of Hawaii, Vermont, South Carolina and Nevada attended the conference.

The presentations on Québec’s permanent list of electors were of particular interest regarding its quality, the source of the data, the management of mapping operations and its operating cost.

Electoral observation of the presidential election in El Salvador

From March 10 to 17, 2009, the Director of political party financing of the Directeur général des élections du Québec participated in an electoral observation mission of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) as part of the March 15th presidential election in El Salvador. The COPA delegation included close to seven parliamentarians from Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia and Québec.

The representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec was invited as an expert in the electoral field to accompany elected officials from various countries, including one from the Québec National Assembly.

This was the 8th participation of the Directeur général des élections du Québec in an electoral observation mission of COPA since 2005.

To learn more about COPA: www.copa.qc.ca

2008

From April 14 to 23, 2008, a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec participated in an electoral observation mission of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) within the context of the April 20th presidential and legislative elections in Paraguay.

In March 2008, the Chief Electoral Officer travelled to Barcelona for a meeting of experts as part of the partnership between Québec and Catalonia. A representative of the institution also went to Mexico in September for a meeting of experts dealing with the financing of political parties within the context of the 7th General Assembly of COPA.

2007

In 2007, the Chief Electoral Officer or a representative of the Institution took part in three electoral observation missions in Mali, Guatemala and Togo. In addition, the institution participated in work missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Argentina and Mexico.

2006

From May 30 to June 4, 2006, a representative of the Directeur général des élections du Québec travelled to Quito in Equator to participate in the 7th General Assembly of the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA). She hosted a workshop on the preparation and unfolding of an electoral observation workshop. For this purpose, she was accompanied by a delegation of parliamentarians from the Québec National Assembly.

From January 24 to February 11, 2006, a technical assistance mission was carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in partnership with the Commission Électorale Indépendante and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) within the context of the development of measures to apply the electoral legislation of this country.

The DRC must hold its upcoming presidential and legislative elections next July 30th, a first since 1960. The Directeur général des élections du Québec has taken part in 12 assistance missions since 2003 in order to provide support to this country which would like to hold democratic, free and transparent elections in a peaceful manner.

2005

In July 2005, three representatives of the Directeur général des élections du Québec took part in missions abroad. Two of them participated in a technical assistance mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo from July 4 to 28, 2005. This mission was made possible on the basis of an agreement with CIDA and the Commission Électorale Indépendante of that country. This has been the twelfth mission in this county since 1992.

Moreover, Francine Barry, Assistant to the Chief Electoral Officer, travelled to Mali, from July 9 to 16, 2005, to take part in a reflection workshop on the creation of a perennial structure for managing and organizing elections in this country.

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