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Project ID:00082052Description:LBY 1 Elections support
Libya Recovery Trust Fund
Start Date *: 14 Mar 2012
Electoral Support
End Date*: 31 Dec 2014
Country: Libya Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

Programme Description:

The Libya Electoral Assistance Project (LEAP) is designed as an integral part of the United Nations electoral assistance to the Libyan High National Electoral Commission (HNEC).  It has been designed through an extensive and intensive period of consultation through the UN and with the Libyan Government counterparts over the past 6 months. UN assistance to the HNEC will be led by the UNSMIL electoral assistance team under the ultimate authority of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) to Libya. 

As such, LEAP is consistent with implementation of the UNSCRs on Libya and fully in accordance with the mandate of UNSMIL, as well at that of UNDP and UNOPS in support of advancing democratic societies, good governance and resilient nations. Within this framework LEAP will assist the National Transitional Council (NTC) and the future interim government on a roadmap to elect the structures of government during the transitional period. The transitional period covers: a) the initial elections to the 200 member National Congress; b) the referendum on a permanent constitution, and; c) the general elections following adoption of the permanent constitution.

Support will be provided in five phases – one phase for each of the two elections, one phase for the referendum, and two review phases, one after the National Congress Elections and the other after the General Elections. The work in support of the transitional electoral processes will be provided by multiple international organizations and UN agencies under Libyan ownership. Activities will be carried out according to approved work plans by HNEC and with full consent from the HNEC.

The support provided by the integrated UN team consisting of UNSMIL, UNDP and UNOPS is critical to enabling the Libyan authorities successfully navigate a 18-24 month transitional journey that will lay the foundations for a durable democracy in that country. 

Outcome/ Immediate Objective:

The overall outcome of the project is the “enhanced national capacity to run inclusive elections”.

Outputs and Key Activities:

  1. Strengthened HNEC: organizational, management, and operational capacities of the Libyan HNEC to plan, prepare and manage elections.
  2. Comprehensive civic and voter education conducted to ensure that voters, with a special emphasis on women, youth, minorities and other vulnerable groups are educated about broader principles of democracy and inclusive elections, and informed about their right to vote.
  3. Media strengthened to provide factual and balanced reporting on political competition, technical electoral processes including clear and timely information about where, when and how to vote.
  4. Access to and participation in electoral process by vulnerable groups, including women, youth, minorities, and other rural and urban groups.
  5. Capacity of the Libyan HNEC to conduct media monitoring.
  6. Capacity of the Libyan relevant legal institutions or commissions to plan for, develop and deliver an effective dispute resolution mechanism and process electoral complaints in a timely and effective manner.
  7. Electoral Security: Strengthened capacities to plan for electoral security
  8. Access and Information: National groups provided with access and information to observe all aspects of elections and thus contribute to their transparency.

Grasp of Technical aspects of Elections: Political entities and candidates, inclusive of women, minorities, and members of other vulnerable groups, well informed of and engaged in technical electoral processes. 

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Libya or the lead agency for the programme.

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