UNDP-ELECT II Commits to Support the 2014 and 2015 Elections
UNDP-ELECT II is the primary mechanism for international technical support to the electoral process in Afghanistan. The revised UNDP-ELECT II project document was signed on 27 August 2013 between the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chairman Ahmad Nuristani and UNDP Deputy Country Director, Yuxue Xue, at the IEC. The revised overall objective of the project is to support the national electoral institutions to plan and conduct credible elections, most immediately the 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections and the 2015 Parliamentary elections. ELECT II is now a four year project, from 2012 to 2015, with a total budget of USD 338M.
In late 2012 the Government of Afghanistan expressed its interest for the UN to directly assist the electoral authorities with the preparation and the conduct of 2014-15 elections. In March 2013, the UN Security Council reconfirmed its commitment in resolution 2096 towards sustainability, integrity and inclusiveness of the Afghan electoral process and in particular the 2014 Presidential elections. Within this framework, UNDP and the IEC, in close consultation with donor partners, revised the ELECT II project document reflecting this change of the scope of the assistance.
Donors to ELECT II are Australia, Canada, Denmark, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America.