Support to Elections

Background

This project is implemented by UNDP and is funded by a joint basket fund supported by our partners the European Union and Sweden. It is also coordinated through the One UN policy with other United Nations agencies. The project builds on UNDP’s election support project of 2010-2013 and builds on a policy of long-term electoral cycle support for elections.

Although good progress was witnessed in the three years since the 2011 elections in strengthening some of the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) capabilities there continues to be a need to consolidate these achievements.

Institutional capacity building, strengthening permanent and temporary staff capacity for core and ancillary agencies including security agencies are crucial to the conduct of future elections.

Ensuring inclusive elections with the participation of all individuals eligible to vote or be elected is an important role for the NEC.  Providing conflict resolution mechanism platforms to resolve disputes in an inclusive and transparent manner and supporting transparency and engaging stakeholders are also crucial.

The October 2017 general elections was key to the NEC consolidating its reputation and by extension deepening trust in the electoral system and democratic consolidation.

The project, Support to the 2015-2018 Liberia Elections Cycle, responds to these needs assisting build capacity of the NEC to deliver transparent and credible elections.

A total of nine outputs were developed to increase long term capacity by strengthening training tools and methods and assisting the NEC introduce modern administration systems.

The project also supported the NEC to produce a new voter register in advance of general elections in October 2017 and increased the role of women in elections and political life.

Civic education on informing citizens of their key rights and supporting NEC strengthen its capacity to engage stakeholders, and resolve disputes, in an effective and transparent manner are also major outputs.

This project is implemented by UNDP and is funded by a joint basket fund supported by our partners the European Union and Sweden. It is also coordinated through the One UN policy with other United Nations agencies. The project builds on UNDP’s election support project of 2010-2013 and builds on a policy of long-term electoral cycle support for elections.

What have we accomplished so far

In 2017 , 2.18 million Liberians registered to vote in the Country's October 10, general and presidential elections. 49% were women and 51% men. Out of that number, a total of 1,641,922 ballots were cast (valid 1,553,348 and invalid 88,574) in the first round of elections. In the second round, 1,218,124 (valid 1,189,764 and invalid votes 28,360) were cast. The Number of women voters as percentage of electorates 51.5% women, 48.5% men. National and international election observers concluded that 2017 electoral process was credible.

As part of the overall process, 1,350 cameras and solar panel kits, printers and stationery were procured for voter registration by the project. UNDP also supported 395 training sessions for 17,777 polling staff.  Training for electoral magistrates increased their understanding and skills in dealing with electoral complaints. A total of 27,000 copies of polling and counting procedures manuals and duty sheets for the runoff presidential election were printed by the National Elections Commission (NEC) following technical inputs from the project. Training for 7,200 security officials  increased commitment to electoral policing and understanding of best practices. The Elections Commission’s engagement with political parties, civil society and the legal community also increased through regular dialogue and consultation. Technical expertise was provided to the NEC’s data processing unit.Political parties publicly issued the Ganta Resolution in a UNDP supported initiative leading to the signing by all political parties in May 2017 of the declaration reaffirming their commitment to peaceful elections. It also assisted in the compillation of accurate voter register and supported the design of a secured data system for election results management.

Public outreach specificically targeted young people, women,vulnerable groups and first time voters. A national civic and voter education campaign supported by UNDP reached an estimated 1 million people (51% women and 49% men), utilizing traditional communication platforms such as palaver hut meetings and engaging community leaders to increase awareness on the right to vote.

The National Elections Commission has now adopted a gender mainstreaming policy clearly setting out gender equality as a central principle in its activities. For the first time in Liberia’s electoral history 30,000 tactile ballots were deployed at polling stations to ensure that visually impaired voters participate. Several trainings were conducted on the use of tactile ballots prior to election day.

Legal certainty was increased by the production of four legal analyses on boundary demarcation, voting rights of prisoners, candidate nomination and residency requirements.

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

September 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2019

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Liberia

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • European Commission
  • Irish Aid
  • The Department Of Foreign Affairs
  • Trade And Development - Canada
  • Amount contributed

    $18,021,337

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $1,281,069

    2018 $3,114,817

    2017 $4,155,208

    2016 $4,125,136

    2015 $25,124

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