Training for handling presidential elections
Across Yemen, thirty-five female employees for the Supreme Committee for Elections and Referendum (SCER) have started training in preparation for the presidential elections on Feb. 21, 2012.
Democratic values will be a focus of the training, with a central goal of enabling the women to support voters – and especially female voters – engaged in the electoral process.
At the same time, the SCER employees should be prepared to remain politically neutral in their capacity as representatives of the committee.
Beyond the voting process, the female employees will be acquainted with the principles and practices of good governance within the electoral framework.
“This is the first training I've received on women's political participation. I'm happy I came across this opportunity as it gave me a lot of information on women's rights and on international conventions.
“Many questions that I had in my mind regarding women's political rights were answered through this training," said Nabeelah Mohammed, a worker at SCER's Aden branch.
However, Philippe Jacques, Head of Cooperation at the EU delegation to Yemen, said that not only will this training translate into support for female voters, but also for female political candidates.
"Yemen is not short of female leaders, it has so many outstanding female role models who have bravely fought for their rights and who continue to inspire fellow Yemeni women," he said.
Mohammed Al-Hakimi, SCER Chairperson, said that the commission is committed to using the funds and resources raised for elections in an efficient and transparent fashion and that it will make certain that resources are spent on what they have been allocated for.