Government of Malawi, Malawi Electoral Commission and UNDP sign the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (2013 – 2016) ProjectJun 18, 2013
The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Finance, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support Project. The Project is funded by contributions from the Government of Ireland, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union, the Government of Norway and UNDP.
The Project will ensure coordinated support from Development Partners to promote peaceful, free and credible tripartite elections that reflect the will of the people in Malawi. The total budget for the tripartite elections agreed by the Government, MEC and Development Partners in early May 2013 is 44.4 million US Dollars. Government has committed to provide at least 60% of the cost with Development Partners committed to provide up to 40%, which will be channeled through a basket fund managed by UNDP.
Tripartite elections in May 2014 represent a significant increase in the complexity and workload of these elections compared to past electoral processes. Partners will support the technical expertise needed by MEC to plan, conduct and supervise credible tripartite elections. Partner support will also include international procurement of critical and sensitive election materials. The project follows an electoral cycle approach and the overall goal is to support the implementation of the MEC Strategic Plan 2012-2017 to build the technical and institutional capacity of the Commission to conduct future elections with minimal or no external technical support.
The Project will also support the MEC’s efforts to ensure broad inclusiveness and informed participation among electoral stakeholders including voters, candidates and the media. Emphasis in this regard is on promoting the participation and engagement of women, youth, those living with disabilities and marginalized groups. The UNDP managed Project will not fund Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for Civic and Voter Education (CVE). As per the Civic and Voter Education strategy, the MEC is coordinating CVE in close consultation with CSOs and Development Partners.Contact informationChristina Shorai Nyambalo