The Promoting Elections for the People of Libya project (PEPOL)

PEPOL

The Promoting Elections for the People of Libya project (PEPOL)

is a UNDP managed electoral assistance project, with the aim to developing and enhancing the overall institutional capacity of the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) to prepare for, conduct and administer, inclusive and credible balloting events in Libya.

COVID-19 updates

In light of the COVID-19 crisis as well as the country’s political stalemate and deteriorated security situation, the Project has attuned its work plan for 2020 by putting stronger emphasis on the sustainability of HNEC’s electoral information technology systems, in particular the online maintenance voter registration software system and the development of the electoral results management system.

Libya’s existing voter registration system that requires voters to use SMS for registration is in times of the COVID-19 crisis a strong and useful tool. Even in times of restricted movements, whether due to security problems or COVID-19 prevention measures, any upgrade of the voter register, if called for, can continue under this methodology as it would not require physical interaction or movement from the voter. This SMS-based voter registration system remains in the current context an important instrument for HNEC’s readiness to run an election in short notice.

To preserve the gains that have been made and to ensure HNEC’s readiness for elections, it is therefore essential that the UN and donor partners remain committed and equipped to ensure the sustainability of HNEC’s ICT systems for voter registration and results management.

In this context, the PEPOL Project enhanced its engagement with HNEC on the capacity development of HNEC staff to take over maintenance of the voter registration software system from the contractor in the future.

Lockdowns, travel restrictions and banning of group gatherings due to the COVID-19 crisis have resulted that in the short run certain project activities were postponed or canceled, such as trainings and workshops. Yet, online support remains essential part of the project’s assistance to HNEC.

Given the Project’s current technical support focuses on electoral ICT systems and the voter registration system, most of the project assistance can be guaranteed remotely and when also HNEC staff are under lockdown. PEPOL project is also working together with HNEC on the development of a Business Continuity Plan on how to resume operations during and after the current lockdowns.

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Our objectives

  • Support the HNEC in the planning, preparation and conduct of national elections and Out-of-Country Voting (OCV);
  • 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;
  • Promote public participation in electoral processes, targeting vulnerable groups with activities that enable them to exercise their right to vote; and
  • Raise the electoral awareness of local partners, enabling them to perform their role effectively in the electoral process and contribute to a peaceful electoral environment.

EU-UNDP electoral assistance
projects worldwide

ZIMBABWE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Capacity Building Project (ZIM-ECO) EU Contribution: €5,590,000 Start: 01.09.16 / End: 30.08.20 (click to visit project website) TUNISIA Tunisian Electoral Assistance Project (TEAP) EU Contribution: €2.000.000 Start: 01.07.19 / End: 30.06.21 SOMALIA UNDP/UNSOM Joint Programme for the Support to the Electoral Process in the Federal Republic of Somalia EU Contribution: €4,300,000 Start: 21.11.15 / End: 31.12.2019 (click to visit project website) NEPAL Electoral Support Project-Institutional Strengthening and Professional Development Support for the Election Commission of Nepal (ESP) EU Contribution: €1,005,000 Start: 12.01.12 / End: 28.06.20 (click to visit project website) MALAWI Support to the 2015-2017 Electoral Cycle EU Contribution: €5,250,000 Start: 23.06.15 / End: 10.04.2020 (click to visit project website) LIBYA Promoting Elections for the People of Lybia (PEPOL) EU Contribution: €5.000.000 Start: 01.11.17 / End: 01.11.20 (click to visit project website) LIBERIA Support to the Liberian Electoral Cycle EU Contribution: €10,000,000 Start: 01.06.15 / End: 31.05.19 (click to visit project website) LEBANON Support to Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation in Lebanon EU Contribution: € 3,000,000.00 Start: 01.01.20 / End: 31.12.23 (click to visit project website) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Projet d'Appui au Processus électoral en République Centrafricaine(PAPEC 2019-2022) EU Contribution: €15,000,000 Start: 09.19 / End: 12.21 AFGHANISTAN UN Electoral Support Project (UNESP) EU Contribution: €15,500,000 Start: 29.12.15 / End: 31.12.19