Project data

Budget *

US$ 1,716,502

(inter-elections phase.
In case of elections in 2020, budget and workplan are to be revised)




2018/01 - 2020/12

Sources of funding (2018-2020)

European Union: US$ 7,619,240.00
France: US$ 976,443.51
Germany: US$ 1,184,834.12
Italy: US$ 2,056,210.79
The Netherlands: US$ 1,666,666
Switzerland: US$ 180,000
UK: US$ 413,223.14
TOTAL: US$ 14,596,617.56


High National Election Commission (HNEC)
United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Our main objectives

The project’s aims at:

  • strengthening the institutional capacity of the HNEC, including support to secure physical infrastructure of its Headquarters in Tripoli following the attack in 2018;
  • support to HNEC’s electoral data management processes, in particular the maintenance of the voter registration software system and the development of a results management system;
  • supporting the long-term institutional capacity building of the HNEC, including trainings for HNEC staff;
  • when elections are called, assisting HNEC with electoral operations and supporting civic and voter education, public outreach for the promotion of public participation in the electoral processes and stakeholder engagement;
  • mainstreaming of conflict sensitivity and gender, and social inclusion.

Elections in Libya

Promoting credible and peaceful elections lies at the heart of the ongoing UNDP-led efforts by UNDP under the auspices of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to foster stabilization and democratic consolidation following Libya’s 2011 revolution which saw the fall of Gaddafi. Elections were held by the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) in 2012 (Parliamentary elections) and in 2014 (Constitutional Assembly election and Parliamentary election).

Despite efforts to set up key institutions and processes to manage transition and to promote the rule of law, accountability, human rights and good governance, the post-Gaddafi era has been characterized by armed confrontation, which has led to political and institutional fragmentation across Libya. With the current military and political conflict escalating since 2019, UN and international partners are working on efforts to find a political solution to end the conflict and bring stability. In this context, it is important that HNEC’s electoral readiness is ensured to conduct elections when called for.

The latest COVID-19 pandemic comes in Libya on top of an already existing humanitarian, political, economic and security crisis. After years of conflict and political instability, government and health systems have very limited capacity to provide the required essential services. Against the background of an aggravated humanitarian crisis, it is even more critical that a political consensus is reached in which elections might play a pivotal role to provide a general accepted mandate for any new government after the conflict. Ultimately, to overcome the pandemic in a successful and sustainable manner, strengthening the country’s government institutions will be essential.

Recovery and resilience also depend on an inclusive political process and accountable governance, components strongly supported by UNDP Libya and the UNSMIL.

In a nutshell

PEPOL is conceived as a three-year electoral assistance project (2018-2020). The United Nations Development Programme in Libya (UNDP Libya) is the implementing partner of the Project, which is set up in an integrated manner with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The UNDP/PEPOL project operates in an integrated manner with the UNSMIL team under the United Nations Electoral Support Team (UNEST) in Libya.PEPOL’s main counterpart and primary beneficiary of the project is the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), the highest electoral authority in Libya.

What we do

The project seeks to achieve the following four outputs through the implementation of related activities, as follows:
  • 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
  • raising the electoral awareness of local partners, enabling them to perform their role effectively in the electoral process and contribute to a peaceful electoral environment.

Who we are

Panto Letic

Chief Electoral Advisor (UNSMIL)

Filip Warnants

Chief Technical Adviser / Project Manager (UNDP)

Santhosh Parambil Cherooli

Information Management Specialist

Ahmed Fituri

Elections Database Development Specialist

Roberto Sanchez

Electoral Procurement & Logistics Specialist

Walid Eid

Sr. Translator and Interpreter

Mohamed Ayana

Translator, interpreter

Rym Bejaoui

Project Assistant

UNSMIL Electoral Positions (8)

Chief Electoral Advisor; Senior Operations Advisor; Procedures/Training Advisor; Logistics Advisor; Field Operations Advisor; Political Entity/Candidate Nomination Advisor; Public Outreach Advisor; Database/IT Advisor.


Project focal point

For any inquiries please contact
Filip Warnants
PEPOL Chief Technical Adviser and project manager