KEY STRATEGIC FOCUS

Based on the analysis of our environment, we have identified the following key strategic focus and goals and associated risks that we need to address in our plan

INDEPENDENCE:
> Our work has to be, and be perceived to be, independent of political control. The ways in which independence is understood and guaranteed has a significant impact on how we operate. We need to have the capacity to work towards ensuring the independence of the Office of the Electoral Commissioner in every sense of the word.

LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK:
> Legislation prescribes our role and details of how we perform certain tasks. There are a number of areas where we may want to suggest change. We need to ensure that we have the capacity to effect this in a useful and effective manner.

RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT:
> We need to establish and effectively manage a range of relationships with the other government agencies, and with our other stakeholders. Poor or ineffective relationships with any of these entities can severely hamper us in meeting our goals.

RESOURCES:
> Staff, time and money are all finite and: the resources that we have need to be managed as efficiently as possible to meet our overall goals.

CAPACITY TO RESPOND TO DIVERSE NEEDS:
> As a small organization with a broad role and an effective five year operational cycle, we need to ensure that we have the capacity amongst our staff to deal flexibly with the full range of work that we cover.

IDENTIFYING OTHER TARGET AUDIENCES:
> We do not have a good information on the level of society who need our services most and thus we need research before we can design projects.

KNOWLEDGE BASE:
> There is little good, research: based information available on reasons for non registration of qualified electoral /voters and reasons why registration is low during non election years. There is also little research based information on voters, understanding and attitudes towards Samoa’s system of government. We need this information to confidently design and deliver effective education campaigns.

CREDIBILITY:
> We need to ensure that our education role is widely understood and accepted and the output well received. We want to be the first port of call for information on electoral matters.