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Joint Opening Ceremony held for Security Sector Reform(SSR) and Electoral Violence and Security (EVS

Joint Opening Ceremony held for Security Sector Reform(SSR) and Electoral Violence and Security (EVS) Course
31 March 2017

A joint ceremony has been held to officially open the Security Sector Reform (SSR) course and the Electoral Violence and Security (EVS) course for 62 participants.

The courses are financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Government.

In his opening remarks, the Executive Director of the KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Evans, said issues of fragile and failed states are the direct consequences of factors such as weak state structures which are ineffective in supporting the smooth functioning governance structures and systems.

He stated that the police service has a major role to play if the systems are to be effective, touching on elections specifically; “during elections, the law enforcement agencies take steps to ensure that voters, candidates, returning officers, polling agents, observers, and other actors in the election, carry out their respective responsibilities free from fear or harm, and ensure that sensitive election materials are secured”.

AVM Evans further stressed that achieving this would include deployment of relatively large numbers of security personnel, such as police or military forces to protect physical locations and individuals, thereby highlighting the prime roles these security institutions play in consolidating peace and stability.
Madam Elisabeth Schwartz, representative from the German Embassy, opened the two courses, noting its significance; “In posts-conflict situations, security issues relating to military, police, immigration, correctional, judiciary, fire services and the like need a well-structured and comprehensive approach. In the peacebuilding phase of all peace support operations, specific efforts are required to revamp the security systems to ensure the maintenance of the peace that had been achieved to effectively facilitate a peacebuilding process”, she said.

Madam Elisabeth expressed gratitude to the Commandant of KAIPTC for the fruitful collaboration between the Centre and the German Government.

The SSR course which brings together practitioners from nine (9) countries has been carefully designed to interrogate current security threats, policies, practices and assumptions in dealing with such threats. It also identifies gaps and initiates workable responses for a strengthened security sector. EVS, on the other hand, brings together officers from six (6) countries to build their capacity on how electoral crimes are identified, processed and prosecuted; as well as who is responsible for prosecuting electoral crimes.

The EVS course is a week-long training programme, whiles the SSR course will be held for two weeks, ending on 7th April, 2017.