PROGRAMME - 24th- 26th May 2017 - Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 24th  May 2017

Arrivals throughout the day

19:00 Welcome Reception

Thursday, 25th May 2017

09:00 – 10:00 Registration and Networking Reception

10:00 – 10:20 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Address
Naushalya Rajapaksha, Attorney-at-Law, Official Youth Delegate of Sri Lanka to the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Sri Lanka
Matt Gokhool, Chief Executive, ICPS, Chairman, ICEP
Mahinda Deshapriya, Chairman, Election Commission of Sri Lanka
Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, Member, Election Commission of Sri Lanka
Mr.N.J.Abeysekara(PC), Member, Election Commission of Sri Lanka

10:20 – 10:40 Opening Keynote
Hon. Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Justice and Buddasasana, Sri Lanka

10:40 – 11:40 Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 - 11:30 Presentation: Myths of Electronic Voting
Ramaankanth Sake, President, Asia Pacific, Smartmatic 

11:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Gender Equality in Elections; How to Ensure Accessibility, Proportionality and Representativeness
Hisham Kuhail, CEO, Central Elections Commission of Palestine
Hon K M Nurul Huda, Chief Election Commissioner, Bangladesh Election Commission
Irfan Abdool Rahman, Electoral Commissioner, Electoral Commissioners’ Office, Mauritius
Beverly G. Hagerdon, Chief of Party, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Sri Lanka

12:30 – 13:30 Panel Discussion: Engaging the Youth Electorate and Attracting First-Time Voters
Natia Zaalishvili, Director, Center for Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Training, Georgia
Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson, Central Election Commission of Georgia
Dr Sarah Harrison, Research Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science
Joseph Cain, Electoral Commissioner, Chief Secretary Department, Nauru Electoral Commission
Shri Ashwini Bhagat, Chief Electoral Officer, Rajasthan, Election Commission of India

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:15 Workshops

15:15 – 16:15 Panel Discussion: Managing Elections in a Conflict Environment
Vasu Mohan, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Dr Abdul Alim, Director, Election Working Group (EWG), Bangladesh

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee and Networking Break

16:30 – 17:30 Panel Discussion: Increasing the Participation, Influence and Representation Of Citizens in Political Processes and Governance Structures
Dr Nana Walzer, Communication Expert, EuropeDirect Vienna, Austria
Prof Michael Bruter, Executive Director, International Centre for Electoral Psychology School of Economics and Political Science
Naushalya Rajapaksha, Attorney-at-Law, Official youth delegate of Sri Lanka to the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Sri Lanka

17:30 Chair’s closing remarks

19:00 Evening programme and dinner

Friday, 26th May 2017

09:00 – 09:10 Chair’s recap of Day 1
Nalaka Rathnayake, Assistant Commissioner, Election Commission of Sri Lanka

09:10 – 09:30 Opening Address
Prof S. Rathnajeevan H.Hoole, Member, Election Commission of Sri Lanka

09:30 – 10:15 Panel Discussion: Current and Future Electoral Technologies
Allan Best, Managing Director, The DELIAN Project
Giuseppe Janino, Secretary of Information Technology, Superior Electoral Court of Brazil
Abul Kashem Mohammed Mazharul Islam, Private Secretary to the Chief Election
Commissioner, Bangladesh Election Commission
Sanjeshwar Ram, Director, Corporate Services, Fijian Elections Office

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee and Networking Break

10:30 – 11:00 Presentation: Overview of the Automated Election Process
Miguel Avila, Solutions Support Manager, Smartmatic

11:00 – 12:00 Commissioners Round Table

12:00 – 12:15 Chair’s closing remarks

12:20 Departure for the Tour

20:00 Evening Programme

Saturday, 27th May 2017

Departures throughout the day