" The executive director stated that: in 2005 EISA opened a short term field office in Burundi to support the electoral process in this central African country which went through more than a decade long civil war. EISA successfully provided technical support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for the Monitoring of Elections (COSOME) and to all political parties in the areas of poll watching and targeted training for women candidates. EISA has seen a substantial expansion of activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) field office where the organisation has played a leading role in assisting all electoral stakeholders, namely, the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), political parties, civil society organisations, the transitional parliament and others."