UNDP Administrator applauds Tanzania EMBs for progress towards 2015 General Elections

21 May 2014

imageUNDP Administrator, Helen Clark handing over ICT equipment to the Chairman of the National Electoral Commission Hon. Rtd Justice Damian Lubuva during the Democratic Empowerment Project’s quarterly steering committee meeting.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark commended Tanzania’s two electoral commissions for the country’s record of successful multi-party elections, and for their efforts to ensure the 2015 poll is credible.

The remarks were made in Dar es Salaam on 13 May 2014 when the Administrator opened the Democratic Empowerment Project’s quarterly Steering Committee meeting.  The UNDP managed $22 million Democratic Empowerment Project provides support for the electoral management bodies (EMBs) to carry out that mandate for the planned constitutional referendum and the 2015 general elections. The DEP is an electoral cycle support programme managed by UNDP and supported by several development partners through a basket. This includes Canada, DfiD-UK, Finland, European Union, Switzerland, the One UN Fund, and UNDP.

Helen Clark expressed her expectation that the project would make a significant contribution to a peaceful and credible 2015 general election and would help promote stakeholder dialogues.

Clark highlighted the tight timeline for the 2015 election, due in just over 17 months, and emphasized the importance for the two electoral commissions to ensure voter registration is conducted with the highest credibility. NEC and ZEC are assured of UNDP’s continued support throughout the lead up to the elections, she said, while hoping the next elections will be genuinely inclusive of traditionally marginalized groups such as women, youth and people with disabilities.

Helen Clark also witnessed the project handover of 40 desktops, 20 laptops, 4 heavy duty printers and other IT equipment and software to the Chair of the National Electoral Commission, Justice Damian Lubuva.  The consignment is part of ongoing efforts by the Democratic Empowerment Project to strengthen the institutional capacities of the electoral commissions to carry out their mandate effectively.