Promoting Elections for the People of Libya

Photo: ©Iason Athanasiadis / UNSMIL, 2014
Status: Active
Duration: 2018 - 2020
Budget: US$ 14,096,617
Coverage: All of Libya
Beneficiaries: Libyan citizens
Focus Area: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Project Manager:  Filip Warnants (
Project Document: Annex 1 – “Description of the Action”
Partners: High National Elections Commission (HNEC)

What is the project about?

Promoting Elections for the People of Libya (PEPOL) project is a three-year multi-donor basket fund which aims to improve the institutional capacity of the HNEC to prepare for and deliver credible elections in Libya, jointly implemented through an integrated UN team of electoral experts of UNDP and the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL).


PEPOL seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Support the HNEC in planning, preparing for and conducting national elections and out of country voting;
  • Develop the HNEC’s institutional and staff capacities and raise awareness on the requirements of electoral processes that are transparent, credible and promote inclusive participation;

What have we accomplished?

  • Support to HNEC’s readiness for elections by provision of technical advice on post-conflict considerations of electoral options
  • Advice to HNEC on the impact of COVID-19 on elections and electoral planning and preparations
  • Support to HNEC’s considerations for the introduction of a biometric voter card for Libya
  • Maintenance of HNEC’s voter registration database and support to the upgrade of its voter registration software system
  • Development of a results management system for transmission of ballot results
  • Assistance to the rehabilitation and security upgrade of HNEC’s new headquarters in Tripoli
  • Support to establishment of the HNEC’s electoral data center and ICT systems
  • Support to maintain and strengthen HNEC’s existing electoral capacity through training programmes and study visits of elections in the region
  • Support to HNEC’s membership of the Association of Arab Electoral Management Bodies to exchange thoughts on experiences and regional challenges for elections
  • Improved operational efficiency through the procurement of IT equipment including computers, servers and printers, software systems and vehicles for use by the Commission and its field offices
  • Political support to HNEC: UNDP, UNSMIL and donor partners strongly support the Commission’s impartiality and underscore the importance of HNEC’s capacity to deliver against its mandate

Donors Contributions

Donor Contribution (US$)
European Union


Italy 2,056,210


The Netherlands








TOTAL 14,096,617


Funding Support by

Amount contributed


Delivery in previous fiscal year

2020 $1,579,409

2019 $4,590,775

2018 $3,575,731

2017 $0

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