05 Jan 2015
Lusaka – The Ministry of Finance, Electoral Commission of Zambia, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of Ireland, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America have entered into a cooperative agreement to support the 2015 Presidential Election to be held on 20 January, 2015 with a total sum of USD3.09 million.
UNDP will co-ordinate direct electoral support to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on behalf of the cooperating partners with respective support levels of: Ireland – $62,000; Japan – $642,000; Sweden – $600,000; United Kingdom – $940,000; United States of America – $450,000 and UNDP – $400,000.
The Programme will focus on four components of credible elections: well informed voters and broad understanding of the electoral process, availability of key electoral information materials such as the Electoral Act, the Electoral Code of Conduct, Pocket books for Police on policing elections prior to and on polling day and that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are in place to handle disputes prior to or after election day.
The project document signed with the Government of the Republic of Zambia on 11 December, 2014 is a positive development towards enhancing democratic governance which is identified as one of the priority reforms in the Revised Sixth National Development Plan 2011-2016 (R-SNDP). The consolidated support is intended to contribute to free, fair and peaceful elections in Zambia. The support will strengthen the institutions that deliver successful elections and increase citizen participation in national processes.
Commenting on the support garnered for the electoral process, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Janet Rogan stated that “Zambia’s electoral process has matured over the years and it is essential that the country continues to hold free, fair and peaceful elections that are of top quality.”
“Democratic principles are founded on strong institutions and the ability of citizens to participate and demand transparent and accountable national processes,” Ms Rogan added.
All partners hope that Zambia continues to enhance its electoral process and provide for equal participation for all citizens in the process.