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SatElections is a Pilot Project dedicated to the production and distribution via satellite of eLearning modules on Effective Electoral Assistance and Electoral Administration. In practical term, the broader module on Effective Electoral Assistance will be later adapted to a more specific eLearning Electoral Administration Module for the needs of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (IEC-DRC). The proposed satcom based system will represent the first step to validate the fulfilment of the operational communication needs required in the Congolese election process and to create an internal network for Electoral Management Bodies for the transmission of electoral data.
The following objectives will be pursued by the project:
This Module will target the training of development partners and electoral management bodies in effective electoral assistance. The module will be based on the content developed for the Training Session on Effective Electoral Assistance by United Nations Development Programme, European Commission and International IDEA. Such Module will be then:
The eLearning Module on Effective Electoral Assistance will be adapted for the IEC-DRC, distributed via satellite and utilised before the holding of the next Congolese local elections (end of 2008-first half 2009).
The satcom solution provided by the project will support election data transmission for the Electoral Management Bodies in DRC.
Thanks to a cooperation among the Industrial Partners, the IEC as sponsoring partner and UNDP, EC, International IDEA, the project aims to:
SatElections will demonstrate that the system and associated services provide an effective, sustainable and scalable solution in support of African Electoral Cycles. The proposed satcom system will become part of the activities of the EC-UNDP-IDEA led Global Training Platform on Effective Electoral Assistance and the adapted module for electoral administration will be tested in DRC to assess the applicability in other African electoral cycles.
The proposed solution for DRC will provide services to the end users through the traditional IP protocol suite (TCP/IP, UDP, FTP).
The main components of this architecture can be grouped in three macro functions
This function is provided by a service application platform located in Matera and consists of all HW and SW components supporting the following services:
The field terminals will be located in DRC. A typical remote terminal will be connected to a Local Area Network and will provide a suite of services to the final users.
The network is based on the solution adopted is provided by Newtec and ASTRA with Sat3Play technology and Astra2Connect service platform.
The first step consists of the High Level Requirements and Baseline Design identification and definition. This output will be revised and finalised at the BDR.
After the BDR, the two sets of applications will be developed and integrated within the SatElections system. In parallel, operations related to the Pilot Network Deployment and Commissioning will be carried out in order to be ready to start the pilot phase which will last about 10 months. The pilot operations have been planned to start in June 2008.
Finally, the outcomes assessment will be carried out and the project will be completed by May 2009.
A new organisation (INEC) replaced unexpectedly the original SatElections partner (IEC) in May 2011. INEC has still not yet confirmed its interest in pursuing the activities started by IEC.
Due to the lack of response from INEC, the consortium – led by Openet – has proposed to close the SatElections activities in DRC and to shift the focus of the collaboration pursued in the pilot activities from the national stakeholders in DRC to international organisations active in the Central and South Africa. In this respect, Openet has proposed the following three main activities: