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Project profile: Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (UNDP-ELECT)

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Basic Information

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2009-03-18 — 2010-06-29



The purpose of the United Nations Development Programme’s Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow project (UNDP-ELECT) is to support the 2009 presidential and provincial council elections and the 2010 parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. By working directly with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), and Electoral Media Commission, UNDP-ELECT enables Afghan officials to provide leadership in these elections in areas such as registering voters, recruiting and training election officials, producing and transporting election materials, and verifying election results.

This contribution represents CIDA’s support for UNDP-ELECT activities other than voter registration. The project UNDP-ELECT - Voter Registration represents CIDA’s contribution to the voter registration component of UNDP-ELECT. CIDA’s total contribution to UNDP-ELECT is $25 million.


Democratic governance
  • Elections (015151): 100%


Expected Results

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Progress and Results Achieved

Results as of March 2011 include: Overall, this project has contributed to significant achievements toward democratic governance in Afghanistan. The project facilitated the delivery of the 2009 presidential and provincial council elections, including enabling the IEC to recruit and train temporary election staff and helping the IEC to procure election materials and deliver them across the country in time for the elections. According to the IEC, the estimated number of eligible voters in 2009 was 15,295,016. On election day, 38.8% of eligible voters cast a vote. Of those, 38.2% were women and 2.6% were Kuchis (nomads). Nation-wide, the involvement of women in the elections exceeded the 35% target.

The project also helped the IEC to organize and deliver the first-ever Afghan-led parliamentary elections in 2010. Almost 400,000 new voters, 2,500 candidates, and 380,000 observers and electoral agents were registered. Approximately 4 million voters cast their ballots on election day, more than 40% of them women. Women accounted for 15.4% of candidates and, while 25% of the seats in Parliament were reserved for women, they won 27% of the seats. More than 7,500 women assisted at polling stations, enabling female voters to enter the polling stations without fear.

The project helped to improve the media’s ability to report on and monitor elections, helped to strengthen the capacity of the Media Commission to regulate and monitor the media, facilitated the deployment of trained domestic observers, helped to empower civil society organisations to play their part in building an informed electorate, and supported the review and formulation of electoral regulations and procedures. In addition, the project helped the ECC develop a complaints adjudication process for complaints about candidate nomination, the campaign period, and polling and post-polling irregularities. The ECC investigated complaints received on and after polling day in both 2009 and 2010, significantly reducing distortions as results were calculated.

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