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This Methodological Guide is structured in three sections, four case studies and three annexes. The Guide has been designed to be used as a reference tool which can address specific needs arising at different stages of the project cycle, as it refers to electoral assistance.

Section I sets out the framework within which electoral assistance is provided, lessons learned from previous experience, the new “Electoral Cycle Approach”, cross-cutting issues and the factors to be considered when embracing technology for electoral processes;

Section II presents activities that can be implemented in support of Electoral Cycles, indicating potential benefits and risks, and also picks up on the wider, cross-cutting effects arising from these suggested activities;

Section III deals with issues relating to EC internal procedures for Programming, Identification, Formulation and Implementation and also provides operational advice relevant to the specific phases.

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