The Electoral Support Project (ESP) Phase II :
Institutional Strengthening and Professional Development Support for the Election Commission of Nepal

What is the project about

A  Women Voter participating in CA Election 2013. Photo Credit: Rochan Kadariya
A Women Voter participating in CA Election 2013. Photo Credit: Rochan Kadariya

In April 2008 Nepal held its first CA election since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006 to elect a constituent assembly mandated to draft a new constitution. 2008 election were organized by the Election Commission of Nepal with significant assistance and technical support from the Electoral Assistance Office of the United Nations Mission in Nepal. Following these elections, UNDP initiated the three-year Electoral Support Project (ESP) Phase I that aimed at institutional strengthening and professional development of the Election Commission of Nepal. As the need increased to expand the role of ESP to providing technical advice and operational support for the upcoming cycle of elections, the project was revised and extended till 2016 to meet the current needs of the Election Commission of Nepal.  This revision constitutes Phase II of the Electoral Support Project, signed in 29 November 2012.

The Electoral Support Project Phase II   responds to the need for continued capacity building of the Election Commission of Nepal for it to build long term institutional and human resources capacity in order to organize credible elections in the context of a diverged political environment and a period of political instability. The project has provided technical assistance for the CA election 2013.

Phase II of the Electoral Support Project will support a series of elections expected over the Nepal Electoral Cycle, providing technical assistance with electoral preparations and continue to strengthen ECN capacity in other technical areas.

The ESP is an integral component of the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) to which UNDP agreed with the Government of Nepal on 25 February 2008.

What have we accomplished so far

Key Achievements of Phase I

  • Strategic Planning: Implementation of ECN’s Strategic Plan (2009-13) and Mid-term review of ECN’s strategic plan, Studies on: Staff retention strategy, Electoral violence prevention, Election Dispute resolution, Electoral Operations, Civic/Voter Education, Training and Capacity Development and Electoral Violence and Mitigation Assessment.

  • Professional Development: Exposure to the ECN on Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) and its institutionalization. Creating a forum for interaction for ECN and its stakeholders.

  • In phase I total 51 Election BRDIGE Trainings conducted for ECN officials and other stakeholders; 1148 participants (222 Female)

  • As of 15 December 2012, voter registration details:

16+ Population

 

Census Data

ECN Data

Total in –country population age 16+

Total registered age 16+

16,593,733

10,896,629

 

  • Electoral Education and Information Center is officially functioning from 24 May 2012 within the ECN premises. Till date above 7500 visitors have visited the center.

  • GIS Unit established within ECN, equipped with essential hardware, software and datasets. A GIS based maps produced and circulated and supported ECN in mapping of 9824 polling locations (20,890 polling centers) spread across Nepal using Global Positioning System (GPS).

 

Project output and activities of Phase II (2012-2016)

Output:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of the Election Commission of Nepal to function as a permanent, independent, credible and professional institution of governance

  2. Support activities throughout the electoral cycle to ensure key processes are conducted in an effective, sustainable and credible manner;

  3. Increase democratic participation in the forthcoming cycle of elections and ensure an inclusive electoral process including under-represented groups, and vulnerable and traditionally marginalized communities

Activities:

  1. Support with Strategic Planning

  2. Support with Staff Retention and Professional Development

  3. Support with Geographic Information and Electoral Mapping Systems

  4. Support with Creation and Display of New Voter Registration

  5. Support with Procedures and Training

  6. Support with Election Operations and Logistics

  7. Support with Electoral Dispute Resolution

  8. Support with Electoral Security

  9. Support with Public Outreach, Civic and Voter Education

  10. Support with Electoral Education and Information Center

  11. Support with External Relations

  12. Support with Gender, Social Inclusion and Vulnerable Groups

Achievements of 2013:

  • 12.1 million 18+ population registered

  • For the CA election 2013, technical support provided through international and national advisors at central and regional level.

  • Focusing the election 1100 electoral stakeholders were trained on 7 thematic areas like security, media, polling and counting, voter education, logistics and management, chief returning officers and returning officers, election observation.

  • The state of the art GPS and GIS tools and technology were used to locate more than 10,000 polling locations across the country.

  • ECN endorsed its first Gender and Social Inclusion Policy on 23 September 2013

  • For civic and voter education, 30 TV and Radio PSAs and TV and Radio programs were broadcasted in 12 TV channels and 350 radio stations, 720 street dramas, and a video documentary were produced and broadcasted.

  • Till date more than 10,000 visitors have visited the center.

  • For the 2013 CA election, the project supported ECN’s operational and logistical preparations through the procurement of vehicles, paper and machinery for the printing of ballots, bags for polling and returning officers, and tonners for the printing of the voters list. The project also supported the establishment of the Joint Election Operation Center, Media and Observer Resource Center, and a Call Center.

Who Finances it?



Program Period
2012-2016
Implementing Partner
UNDP
REsponsible Party
Election Commission of Nepal
Development Partners

EU: $ 10.8 m

DFID: $ 8.6 m

Danida : $ 0.7 m

Norway:$ 3.5m

UNDP: $ 2.5m

Importance of this project towards achieving the MDGs and consolidating peace

Although Nepal has made good progress towards achieving most of the MDGs over the last decade, the progress would have been greater if there had been peace and a stable multiparty democracy. This project will make an important contribution towards enabling every citizen to take part in the democratic process of electing the next national and local governments. This is of crucial importance for consolidating the peace and accelerating progress towards achieving the MDGs.

 

 

To learn more about the Electoral Process :

You can visit Electoral Education and Information Centre (EEIC), Kantipath, Election Commission Building : Open 6 days a week, Contact No: 4230871

Project Overview
Status:
Active
Project Duration:
Phase I: August 2008 - December 2012
Phase II: January 2013 - January 2016
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Main partner:
The Election Commission of Nepal
UNDP's role:
Donor and overseeing agency
UNDP focal point:
Pragya Bashyal
Governance Unit, UNDP
UN House, POB 107 Pulchowk
Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1- 5523200 ext. 1053
Fax: 977-1-5523991
Email: pragya.bashyal@undp.org
Development Partners
European Union
DFID
Danida
Norway
UNDP focal point
Ms. Pragya Bashyal
Governance Unit, UNDP
UN House, POB 107 Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel: 977-1- 5523200 ext. 1053
Fax: 977-1-5523991
Email: pragya.bashyal@undp.org
Project focal point:
Mr. Andres Del Castillo Sanchez
Chief Technical Advisor/ Project Manager
Election Commission Nepal UNDP Electoral Support Project
Election Commission, Kantipath
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: (+977-1) 4231572/4221513
Email: andres.castillo@undp.org
Website: http://www.election.gov.np/
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