Final preparations for Guinea’s presidential election

25 Jun 2010

A young boy watches a political rally a few days before the election of 27 June (Photo: IRIN)
Conakry -  Guinea's presidential election will be held on June 27. It is expected to end the transition period initiated by the Ouagadougou Accords, paving the way for the country’s return to constitutional order.

Since March 2007, UNDP has been responsible for supporting peaceful, transparent and credible elections in the country. To this end, an electoral assistance project was implemented, financed by a basket fund that aims to collect contributions from the partners that have signed agreements with UNDP. In this regard, UNDP, which coordinates electoral assistance initiatives, has been supporting efforts to mobilize resources, playing the role of facilitator for the use of these funds.

Through the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, the United Nations, in partnership with the European Union, has been strengthening the capacity of the special forces (FOSSEPEL) in securing the electoral process. The U.N. has given out communications equipment, computers, vehicles (including motorcycles) as well as equipment for law enforcement.

Delivery of equipment by the Resident Coordinator Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah special forces (Photo: UNDP)
To date, the total amount raised from these partners is $ 29,232,464. The funds have been used to purchase a number of goods and services for the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Public Affairs (MATAP), the institutions responsible for organizing the elections, and other stakeholders.

These contributions have allowed for the purchase and procurement of the following goods and services:

•    1,000 biometric registration kits for the revision of the electoral register and in the various embassies used for the identification of Guineans living abroad;
•    Printers and other equipment to produce voting cards and the provision of technical assistance to process the stored data;
•    Purchase of 20,000 ballot boxes and other materials (seals, indelible ink, electoral kits) and awareness raising through extensive media and outreach campaigns;
•    On-going technical assistance for MATAP,CENI and all stakeholders; support for data entry by staff recruited by CENI and MATAP.

Contact Information

Adama Dian Barry, Head of Election Programme ; Tel : +224 64 28 14 46 or adama.dian.barry@undp.org
Facély Deux Mara, Communications Officer ; Tel: +224 60 59 21 86 or facelydeux.mara@undp.org