EU and UNDP to support elections in Madagascar
The EU and UNDP have joined forces to support the electoral process that should allow Madagascar to end the on-going political crisis in the country. A change of regime in 2009 led many donors and intergovernmental organisations to freeze aid, impacting negatively on Madagascar’s socioeconomic development. In 2011, 10 political forces signed a ‘Road-map’ proposed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to map a way out of the political stalemate. This deal paved the way for the appointment of a Prime Minister and the establishment of a transitional Government during the last quarter of 2011.
The celebration of presidential, parliamentary and communal elections in May, July and October 2013 should constitute major milestones in the current political process and enable Madagascar to regain the political, economic and social stability necessary for its development.
Against this backdrop, the EU has decided to make a financial contribution of nearly EUR 12 million to UNDP to support the Transitional Independent Electoral Commission (CENI-T) in the organisation of the presidential and parliamentary elections that will be held in May and July 2013. These elections will allow the Malagasy people to appoint the national authorities to lead the country at the end of the transition period.
The EU contribution will provide funding for voting materials, communication activities, civic and voter education campaigns, training, and logistic activities. UNDP will also provide technical advice to strengthen the Transitional Independent Electoral Commission’s institutional capacities, and support the reform of the legal and institutional framework after the elections take place.
The contract between UNDP and the EU was formally signed in Madagascar on 15 January 2013 and will be managed by UNDP through its existing project of support to the electoral cycle in Madagascar 2012-2014 (Projet d’appui au cycle électoral 2012-2014 à Madagascar – PACEM). The new agreement follows other conventions previously signed in November 2012 between UNDP, the European Union, Switzerland and Norway.
More information on this initiative is available at the UNDP Madagascar Office website.