Burkina Faso prepares for transition elections

Aug 27, 2015

UNDP deploying UN Volunteers to support the INEC (Photo: UNDP)

Burkina Faso is preparing for elections that will mark the end of the political transition that followed the uprisings of October 2014, and that could serve as a critical step in the country’s return to political stability and development.
Presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 2015, and municipal elections in 2016.
Key election preparation milestones have already been met. A revision of the electoral register was conducted in March 2015, and close to 700,000 voters were added to the register.
"The free, fair and peaceful elections can pave the way for political transformation and help build a stable future for Burkina Faso," said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Pascal Karorero.
UNDP is managing a pooled donor basket fund to support the elections, and has requested USD 10 million to boost women’s participation, support civic education and communications, assist in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and augment the capacity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Sweden and Switzerland are among the countries that have contributed to the UNDP elections support project. Sweden has committed 35 million Swedish Kronor (approximately USD 4.2 million), while Switzerland committed to provide 500,000 Swiss Francs (approximately USD 530,000).
“Swedish development cooperation is anchored in fostering democracy and through our support to the election fund, we hope to provide first-time voters, including women, youth, and people living in rural areas, information of the voting process,” said Ms. Margareta Kristianson, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Sweden in Burkina Faso.
Mr. Jean-Bernard Dubois, Director of the Swiss Cooperation in Burkina Faso, expressed his country’s pride in associating with other Technical and Financial Partners (TFPs) to support the government in organising the elections.
Currently contributions to the elections basket fund, including from UNDP core resources, stand at USD 5.5 million. UNDP has already deployed 61 UN Volunteers to support the INEC and other institutions organising the elections.
For more information, contact:
Mr Sidi Mohamed Diawara (Project Senior Technical Counsellor) sidi.diawara@undp.org
Mr Dieudonné B. Kini (Governance Team Leader) dieudonne.kini@undp.org

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