The Electoral Support Project (ESP) Phase II : Institutional Strengthening and Professional Development Support for the Election Commission of Nepal
Following the 2008 Constituent Assembly elections, UNDP initiated a three-year Electoral Support Project (ESP) Phase I, to extend comprehensive support to the Election Commission in materializing the electoral process in the spirit of democratic principles. As the need was felt to expand the role of ESP beyond its duration, the project was revised and extended till 2018 to meet the current requirements of the Election Commission.
While the project concentrated on providing technical advice and operational support for the upcoming cycle of elections in Phase I (2008-2012), in Phase II (2012-2018), ESP is responding to the need for continued capacity building of the Election Commission Nepal in order to build long-term institutional and human-resource capacity to organize credible elections in the context of a diverged political environment and a period of political instability....Read More
What have we accomplished so far
- Provided IT support to the registration of more than 13 million voters using photographs and biometric profiling, which resulted in a more reliable voter register. ESP also developed voter registration software for the next electoral cycles.
- Provided operational support during CA elections 2013 at national and sub-national levels such as through the establishment of a Joint Election Operation Centre, Media and Observer's Resource Centre, Call Centre and Event Tracking System. ECN has taken full ownership of all of these and is currently operating them for the 2017 local elections without external support.
- Supported to strengthen the human resources in the ECN and other stakeholders through 267 trainings for 8,994 participants on different areas in electoral education and professional development, such as voter registration, voter education, election management, IT, gender and social inclusion, women's leadership and social studies.
- Developed a pool of 88 accredited BRIDGE facilitators, including 17 regional level facilitators, allowing ECN to implement electoral trainings of international standard without external assistance... Read More