Empowering Women Activists through Voter Education –Jaffna District Programme II

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The thirteenth in this series of workshops was conducted in Jaffna District at the main auditorium of District Secretariat of Jaffna on 22nd October 2018. Over 100 women activists including women members of Local government were attended in this one-day awareness training representing both Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts. Prof. Rathnajeevan Hoole, Member of Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Dr. P. Saravanamuttu, Co-convener of CMEV, Mr. M.M. Mohamed, Additional Commissioner (Admin & Legal) of Election Commission and Mr. Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV spoke at the event.

Empowering Women Activists through Voter Education –Ampara District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The twelfth in this series of workshops was conducted in Ampara District at the conference hall of Ariyawan Hotel in Ampara   on 21st October 2018. Over 50 women activists including women members of Local government, active supporters of political parties and women CSO leaders attended in this one day awareness training. Mr. D.T.I. Wickramaratne, Assistant Commissioner of Elections (Ampara District) was delivered keynote speech representing Election Commission of Sri Lanka.

Empowering Women Activists through Voter Education – Mannar District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The eleventh in this series of workshops was conducted in Mannar District at the conference hall of Regional English Support Center in Mannar  on 19th October 2018. Over 50 women activists including women members of Local government, active supporters of political parties and women CSO leaders attended the event

. Mr. D.C.Aravindaraj, Assistant Commissioner and S.A.D. Praveena represented the Election Commission of Sri Lanka while Mr.Manjula Gajanayake facilitated the event.

Inclusive Elections – Facilitating Voting Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)

Centre for Monitoring Elections Violence (CMEV) is the one of leading election observation missions in the country which facilitated Inclusive Election process prioritizing voting rights of PwDs. All last three elections that were held since 2015, PwDs have been deployed  as election observers by CMEV in addition to its efforts of producing of accessible documents for PwDs.

As a part of continuous engagements towards promoting inclusive elections, CMEV initiated a programme to create a pool of election observers comprising with PwDs. Its second programme was held at the Solaivanam Hotel in Kilinochchi  on 18th  October 2018 with the participation of over 30  PwDs. Mr. R.C. Amal Raj, Assistant Commissioner of Elections, Kilinochchi District attended representing Election Commission of Sri Lanka and delivered the key note speech in this event. Mr. V. Subramaniam, Former President of NP CODA and ORHAN , Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV was the facilitator of the event while Mr. Anura Hadagama (Attorney-at-Law) and Hashanie Chiranganie (Attorney-at-Law), Nirmala Bernard, Attorney – At- Law, were the resource persons for the said programme.

Empowering women activists through voter education – Mullaitivu District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The tenth in this series of workshops was conducted in Mullaitivu District at Daffodil Hotel reception hall in Mullaitivu on 13th October 2018. Over 50 women activists including women members of Local government, active supporters of political parties and women CSO leaders attended in this one day awareness training.

Empowering women activists through voter education – Vavuniya District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The ninth in this series of workshops was conducted in Vavuniya District at Royal Garden Hotel in Vavunia   on 10th October 2018. Over 60 women activists including women members of Local government, attended in this one-day awareness training. Prof. Rathnajeewan Hoole, Member of Election Commission and Mr. Saman Sri Rathnayake,  Additional Commissioner of Elections (Local Government), Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Aravind Raj, Assistant Election Commissioner, Udeni Thewarapperuma, Attorney At Law  and Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV were  delivered  speeches  in this event.  CMEV organised this event in partnership with both Vavuniya and Mannar District Election Officers.

Facilitating Voting Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and prioritizing Inclusive Elections

CMEV is one of leading election observation missions in the country which HAS facilitated an Inclusive Election process, prioritizing voting rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The last three elections that were held since 2015 have seen PwDs being deployed  as election observers by CMEV in addition to its efforts of producing of accessible documents for PwDs.

As a part of continuous engagements towards promoting inclusive elections, CMEV initiated a programme to create a pool of election observers comprising with PwDs. Its first programme was held at the meeting hall of FRDSRO disability organization, Kandy on 27th September 2018 with the participation of over 60 PwDs. Mr. Namal Thalangama, Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Kandy District attended representing Election Commission of Sri Lanka and delivered the key note speech in this event. Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV was the facilitator of the event while Mr. Anura Hadagama (Attorney-at-Law) and Hashanie Chiranganie (Attorney-at-Law) were the resource persons for programme.