With more than $2 million contribution, Germany is the largest donor of the UNSMIL/UNDP Local Elections Project (LEP) to support the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE). LEP’s support to the planning and implementation of inclusive election operations including on voter registration, and facilitation of democratic participation through support to voter and civic education and awareness raising activities.
The project supported the CCMCE with the conduct of a series of elections between 2018/2019. Three first-generation municipal council elections were held in 2018, and 22 second-generation municipal council elections in 2019. The project is also supporting the newly elected municipal councils to enhancing the outreach and communication capacities of the councils to increase democratic participation in-between elections, so that citizens understand better the challenges of the elected councils and better appreciate local democracy.
At least 38 municipalities are scheduled to have elections until the end of 2020; the first 6 municipalities are expected to hold elections in August, pending approval of the national High (Supreme) Committee to combat COVID-19.
The project is providing support to CCMCE’s civic and voter education online activities to ensure voter mobilization and inclusive participation in upcoming local elections and is setting forth the conduct of the third module of its Post-Election Initiative to be held online.
The project is also procuring electoral materials and equipment to support the CCMCE, including procurements to replace recently destroyed electoral materials as a result of shelling at the CCMCE main warehouse, and COVID-19 specific hygiene materials.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Libya, the project supported the CCMCE with the development of COVID-19 specific procedures and preventive protocols for electoral operations including polling.
Furthermore, Germany is a key donor of UNDP Libya’s electoral support project (PEPOL) in support of the national elections and the High National Election Commission (HNEC). With the German contribution of 1.18 million, The PEPOL project is strengthening the capacity of the HNEC to conduct national elections in Libya in a credible, transparent and inclusive manner, and to work with other electoral stakeholders in support of that effort, and its readiness to plan and conduct elections when called for.
UNDP strategic partnership with Germany at the global level and in Libya, as in other countries, are a fundamental pillar of stabilization and development support in the country.