Libyan Election Assistance Project (2012-16)

What is the project about

election workersHigh Election Commission workers gathering ballot boxes (Credit: UNDP)

The National Congress election of 2012 was the first open election in Libya since 1952, marking a critical milestone in Libya’s transition to full democratic rule. Polling day on 7 July 2012 saw 1.77 million Libyans, nearly 40% women, cast ballots for their candidates and political entities of choice.

UNDP though the Libya Electoral Assistance Project (LEAP) aims to assist the transitional authorities on their road map to elect the structures of government during the transitional period.  The transitional period covers: a) the initial elections to the 200 member National Congress; b) the referendum on a permanent constitution, and; c) the general elections following adoption of the permanent constitution.  The work in support of the transitional electoral processes will be provided by multiple international organizations and UN agencies under Libyan ownership.

Project Outputs:

  • Strengthen organizational, management, and operational capacities of HNEC to plan, prepare, conduct and manage elections.
  • Comprehensive civic and voter education conducted to ensure that voters are educated about broader principles of democracy and inclusive elections, and informed about their right to vote, as well as where, when and how to vote.
  • Enhanced access to and precipitation in electoral process of vulnerable groups, including women, youth, minorities, and other groups, in rural and urban areas alike; enhanced access to and precipitation of Libyans displaced by conflict inside and outside of Libya (Out of Country Voting); enhanced understanding of and access to the technical electoral process of civil society groups and political parties including observer accreditation, candidate registration, and gender and minority representation.
  • Strengthened capacities of the national media to report on electoral processes throughout Libya in a balanced and responsible manner, and promote issue-based reporting on political competition.
  • Strengthened capacities of the national media to report on electoral processes throughout Libya in a balanced and responsible manner, and promote issue-based reporting on political competition.
  • Strengthened capacities of Libyan relevant legal institutions or commission to plan for, develop and deliver an effective EDR mechanism and process electoral complaints in a timely and effective manner.
  • Strengthened capacities of HNEC to coordinate electoral security with stakeholders.


What have we accomplished so far

The results so far:

  • Procurement of voter registration materials, including 45,000 voter registration books and 1 million laminates. Nearly 2.8 million Libyans registered for the election of an estimated voter population of 3.5 million.
  • Procurement of election materials including 15,000 ballot boxes, 7,100 polling kits, 20,000 polling booths, 14,200 bottles of indelible ink, and over 8 million ballots.
  • Day-to-day mentoring and advice in the areas of strategic planning, training, voter education, security, external relations, logistics, and translation
  • Specialist support in areas such as ballot design and media centre management.
  • Seminars for members of the judiciary on electoral dispute resolution.
  • Expertise, funding and overall coordination in support of the national media centre where results were announced.
  • Support to initial stages of out of country voting operations, an effort which resulted in 8,021 Libyans, including 31% women, casting ballots in the elections across six countries.
  • Support to Hague-based group Gender Concerns International to conduct an evaluation of women’s participation across all aspects of the elections.
  • Assistance to the HNEC in accrediting over 27,000 observers, agents and media to help observe the polls and guard against irregularities. 
  • Establishment of a media monitoring project designed to enable HNEC to address media infractions, in coordination with HNEC, IIDEA and the Libyan Ministry of Culture and Civil Society.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly meetings with international actors working in or supporting civil society strengthening and democratic governance, in order to ensure information sharing and coordination.
  • Assistance to Libyan partners to produce and distribute 240,000 fact sheets and leaflets on various aspects of the electoral process.
  • Production and distribution of eight radio and television public service announcements.
  • One observers’ forum attracting approximately 80 leaders of domestic and international observer organizations, providing them the opportunity to exchange views on the electoral process and provide recommendations to HNEC.

Financial situation




Expenditures  & Obligation


(expenditures against funds received)

11 June-16 Sept

March- Sept

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Budget 2012

Expenditures in US$ as at 25/09/2012



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