'Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy - STEP Democracy'

STEP Democracy trains over 300 Myanmar election commission staff on Internet, Data security and Communication Technology skills

21 August, 2020

With only 70 days to election day in Myanmar on 8 November 2020, International IDEA, under the EU-funded STEP Democracy programme continues to support the Union Election Commission Myanmar and its sub-commissions in preparing for the efficient administration of elections.

From 8 July to 12 August, STEP Democracy trained UEC sub-commission staff from 23 districts in Myanmar on Internet and Communication Technology skills. Over 300 Election Sub-commission staff attended the training sessions which focused on how to use internet and communication technology effectively and in line with high data security standards in UEC Sub-commissions.

“We are familiar with the term internet and email. But we face challenges in using it securely as we had not learned about data security or how to use communication technology systematically. We had no idea about Dos and Don’ts in using internet and email. From this training, we know how to use the Internet and Email systematically, and therefore, this training has been useful for us,” said Min Naing Htwe, a staff officer from Myawaddy District Sub-Commission office in Myanmar’s Kayin State.

The most interesting training component for participants was the use of online meetings and video conference tools such as Skype and Zoom, with many trainees excited to be taught about how to use these platforms effectively. This was particularly true for Zoom meetings, which have become more popular among internet users during COVID-19.

“Saving in Drive and Cyber Security are quite useful for me. I did not have any knowledge about computer security systems such as how to lock screens and how to keep the data very safe. I would say, we are going to apply 80% of the curriculum in our workplace. Using Skype and Zoom apps in our office is possible although there are some areas where the internet connection is still problematic,” said Mya Sabal Tun, a female staff officer from the Mongmit Township Sub-Commission from Shan State.

International IDEA, under the EU-Funded STEP Democracy programme has also organized training on public relations, social media, website management for UEC staff in Naypyitaw.