Government of Nepal and UNDP sign US$ 3.7 million project to assist the Election Commission of Nepal
18 August, Kathmandu - The Government of Nepal and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a US$3.7 million project entitled 'Institutional Strengthening and Professional Development Support for the Election Commission of Nepal'. The Project consists of a 3-year technical assistance initiative to the Election Commission from 2008 to 2011. Joint Secretary of the Election Commission, Mr. Laxman Bhattarai signed the document on behalf of the Government of Nepal.
The project involves a strategic shift away from the traditional approach that targets elections as one time event, and instead places elections in a much broader development context as an integral part of a comprehensive strategy to permanently strengthen democratic processes and institutions in Nepal.
Secretary of the Election Commission Mr. Sushil Jung B. Rana said, "We value UNDP's technical support during the CA elections and we are happy to extend this partnership through this important project."
"We believe it is crucial that continuity of assistance from the UN is ensured and that the considerable progress that the Election Commission has achieved until now are adequately supported, sustained and further consolidated in subsequent electoral cycles," said Ghulam Isaczai, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.
Operating within the Electoral Assistance team of the UNMIN, UNDP in the past worked to establish the Election Observation Resource Centre to enable the EC to conduct free and fair elections in the country. Now, with its focus on long-term, inter-election support, the Project seeks to ensure the necessary continuity in strengthening the capacity of the Election Commission of Nepal. Institutional capacity will be enhanced through the improvement of the electoral administration as a whole, including legal reform, strategic planning, voter registration, electoral mapping, regional networking, electoral dispute resolution and management of electoral stakeholders. The Management capacity will be improved by providing professional development skills to Commission staff to effectively manage future elections based on prior experiences, technical evaluation, lessons learned, and a continuous learning process.
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