The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a cooperative agreement with the Zambian government to provide US$3 million to support the successful holding of the January 20, 2015 Presidential Election.
The UNDP, which signed the multi-donor support on behalf of five cooperating partners, will co-ordinate direct electoral support to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to enhance the electoral process in the country.
The United Kingdom has contributed $940,000, while Japan and Sweden donated $642,000 and $600,000 respectively. The USA, Ireland and the UNDP have also contributed $450,000, $400,000 and $62,000.
The money is intended to support systems that will promote a well informed electorate and broaden the understanding of the electoral process.
Other areas of focus include availing key electoral information materials such as electoral acts, code of conduct and election policing guidelines and alternative electoral dispute mechanism.
UNDP Resident Representative Janet Rogan said the multi-donor support is a positive development towards enhancing democratic governance and electoral process.
In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Ms Rogan, who is also UN Resident Coordinator stated that Zambia’s electoral process has matured over the years and underlined the importance for the country to continue to hold free , fair and peaceful elections.
Ms Rogan said that democratic principles are founded on strong institutions and the ability of citizens to participate and demand transparent and accountable national processes.