UNDP and Government Sign Agreement to Support Preparations for the 2015 General Election.
The United Nations Development Programme, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) signed today an agreement to provide USD 22.5 million support to prepare for the 2015 general election.
The signing of the Democratic Empowerment Project document took place in advance of the project’s first Steering Committee Meeting. The Steering Committee members includes the Union and Zanzibar governments, along with NEC and ZEC, civil society, UN Women, UNESCO and others.
Project activities will include: support to NEC and ZEC to improve their ICT capabilities, support to NEC and ZEC strategic plans, human rights training for the police, training for women candidates, support to voter education, support to community radios for voter information and support to community dialogues to improve the culture of peace.
‘’ UNDP is honored to respond to government’s request to support preparations for the 2015 general election. We do so with a record of successful support in the past including for the 2010 general election when we provided technical assistance to government and others for a wide range of needs, ’’ said Dr. Alberic Kacou, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator.
Along with funding from UNDP, other donors so far committed are Norway, Sweden, Ireland, and Finland (through the UN One Fund), and Canada, UK, EU, Denmark and Switzerland through agreements with UNDP.
The Democratic Empowerment Project builds on an existing strong partnership between UNDP, the Government of Tanzania, the National Election Commission, the Zanzibar Electoral Commission, donor Development Partners and others.
UNDP in Tanzania is committed to long term, sustainable support to democratic development in Tanzania through the full 5 year election cycle. This election cycle support approach is in recognition that free and fair elections are only one element of democratic development and democratic practice.
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
H.E. President Jakaya Kikwete reminded Tanzanians in October last year that “.... democracy is the freedom of people to express their views without any interference......” This UNDP project is launched in this spirit.