UNDP and Japan Sign Agreement to Provide Technical Support to HNEC – Al Marsad

The Head of the High National Election Commission (HNEC), Emad al-Sayeh, signed the “Promoting Elections for the People Of Libya” (PEPOL) project with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japanese government, to provide technical and advisory support under UN supervision.

Marc-André Franche, Program Resident Representative, signed on behalf of UNDP, while Masaki Amadera, Chargé d’Affaires of Japan to Libya, signed on behalf of the Japanese government, in the presence of Abdul Hakim al-Shaab, HNEC board member.

Japan agreed to commit Japanese YEN 198,000,000.0 (USD 1.8 M) to support the PEPOL project.

Dr. Emad Al-Sayah, HNEC Chairperson, who affirmed: “We appreciate the support and cooperation provided by the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in addition to  the assistance received by the international community to support the democratic process in Libya.”

The project goal is to increase HNEC readiness, and assist in planning, preparation and scheduling of national elections, and in developing HNEC institutional and staff capacities in raising awareness on the requirements of electoral processes to ensure that they are transparent, credible and promote inclusive participation.

During the signing ceremony, the Japanese Chargé d’Affaires, Masaki Amadera, stated: “The Government and citizens of Japan are willing to support Libyan national elections as well as the political and social stability through democratic systems.”

“The Government of Japan will stand by the Libyan people and continue our support for a longer term,” added Amadera.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Emad Al-Sayah, HNEC Chairperson, who affirmed: “We appreciate the support and cooperation provided by the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in addition to  the assistance received by the international community to support the democratic process in Libya.”

Marc-André Franche of the UNDP said: ‘Fair and free elections are at the heart of democracy because it enables citizens to elect their representatives to govern the country … With the financial support of the Government of Japan and technical support from UNDP and UNSMIL, the HNEC will be able to further advance the country’s progress on free and fair elections”.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)