The 24th Annual General Conference of the ECF -SADC shall take place on 24th to 28th of October, 2022 in Swakopmund, Republic of Namibia. The ECF-SADC in collaboration with the host member commission – Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will convene a seminar on the sidelines of the 24th AGC focusing on the theme Stakeholder engagement and Accountability to promote public trust in Electoral Processes in the SADC region . The Keynote address and official opening of the 24th Annual General Conference shall be done by Honourable Minister of Urban and Rural Development of the Republic of Namibia, Mr Erastus Uutoni .
In the last twenty-four (24) years, the Forum has consistently held seminars alongside its Annual General Conferences (AGCs) on specific thematic issues on democracy and elections. Through these annual seminars, the ECF strives towards its vision of a dynamic culture of electoral democracy in the SADC region, which is conducive to transparent and credible elections. The 24th AGC seminar will therefore provide a platform for participants to explore and discuss challenges faced by EMBs in their efforts to restore public confidence in electoral process and rebuild their institutional credibility through effective stakeholder engagement.
Participants at the 24th AGC Seminar will include delegates from all the Electoral commissions of the SADC member States , senior officials from the host government of the Republic of Namibia, , key electoral stakeholders in Namibia , resource persons from Regional and International Organizations .
The Annual General Conference is the supreme policy-making body of the ECF-SADC, it meets at least once a year and at any other times as the Executive Committee may determine in consultation with the President of the Forum. The powers and functions of the Conference include the: election of the President and Vice President of the Forum; election of the members of the Executive Committee; receipt and consideration of reports from the President; receipt, consideration and approval of audited and financial report from the Secretariat ; consideration and approval, where appropriate, of recommendations from the Executive Committee; consideration and adoption of amendments to the Constitution , and taking of such action as may be considered necessary to realise the objectives of the Forum.
The 24th AGC is an elective one where the Presidency and Executive committee will be elected for the period 2022-2024.