Training is an investment in the ability of the electoral management body (EMB) ability to perform its primary task, administering an electoral contest. Building the EMB workforce’s capacities reinforces and inculcates electoral administration values and principles, those of integrity, impartiality, transparency, efficiency, sustainability and service-mindedness. By contrast, poor or inadequate training hampers service delivery and increases the risk of errors that negatively impact the reputation of the EMB or the election outcome itself.

This Policy Paper addresses two different but interlinked issues: how to build and strengthen the capacities of EMB staff and workforce (both technical and lifelong learning); and how to build institutional capacities for delivering both types effectively. The paper is supplemented with findings from: a survey conducted in 2021; a 2021 case study series on the institutionalization of electoral training and education; and a 2020 workshop. This paper provides recommendations for practitioners seeking to strengthen their training and professional development programmes, as well as highlighting recommendations for the electoral assistance community.


Publication date
29 May 2023
Erik Asplund
Number of pages
978-91-7671-640-3 (PDF)



Executive summary

Key recommendations

1. Introduction

2. Design considerations

3. Training mandates and responsibilities—A global overview

4. Considerations when establishing a training facility

5. Conclusion and recommendations


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Training and Professional Development in Electoral Administration

Policy Paper No. 28, May 2023
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