Due to lingering controversy surrounding the official results of the 2009 Presidential elections, many stakeholders expressed reservations about supporting Afghanistan’s Parliamentary elections in 2010. The United Nations had been perceived as responsible for the 2009 election process and had often been blamed for its defects. In addition to this, conflict had worsened throughout the country and many wondered if credible elections would even be possible. As a means to address these concerns, stakeholders were involved throughout the entire support process. Specifically, UNDP ELECT (Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow) consulted donors prior to drafting a new project document and continued to provide a consistent flow of information from beginning to end. On a monthly basis – and more frequently in times of peak activity - UNDP ELECT coordinated donor meetings during which information was shared freely and frankly. National electoral management bodies hosted these meetings and described progress and challenges in candor. Donors shared strategic objectives, addressing gaps and avoiding duplication of work. Sharing both information and responsibility enabled greater efficiency; encouraged national ownership; and reassured stakeholders of their own role in the process.
UNDP Nepal's Electoral Support Project (ESP) was started in August 2008 to support the institutional and professional development of the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) in the inter-election period. One of the major areas of its intervention was assistance to develop and implement a new voter registration system with bio-metric information which required a total of 29.5 million USD.
In order to raise the sufficient resources for this exercise, ESP supported ECN in the drafting of the Voter Registration (VR) project document, project proposals and operational plans. ESP assisted the ECN in advocating and presenting the benefits of the proposed new VR system to government, stakeholders and in particular to donors. The budget breakdown had indicated to donors who could contribute for what and for how much. This support proved to be essential for the success of total fundraising of the budget.
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