ELECT II First Quarter Progress Report 2015
Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow, phase II, (ELECT II), is a four-year United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project that provides direct support to Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC). ELECT II also supports the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), although in order to avoid any conflict of interest, project support to the IECC is delegated to two subcontracting partners: the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). ELECT II is funded by 14 international donors.
By the end of the reporting period the IEC had not set a date for the Wolesi Jirga (lower House of Parliament) elections or the District Council elections. The lack of a definite electoral timetable impacted on the project’s planning and operations. Throughout the quarter, however, ELECT II continued to provide advice to the IEC based on different potential dates for when the elections could be held. ELECT II remained poised to provide direct technical and operational support to the IEC in order for the electoral body to organise and execute elections.