UNDP trains Angola’s election observers and civic electoral educators ahead of 2017 polls

Aug 10, 2017

As nearly 9.5 million Angolans prepare to go to the polls on 23 August, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the National Electoral Commission (CNE) to train more than 1,500 civic electoral education promotors and 1,289 national electoral observers through a partnership with the Angolan Electoral Observatory (OBEA), an alliance of over 50 civil society organizations.

The training focuses on strengthening civic electoral education, and improving national capacity for electoral observation and gender tracking in elections. It is delivered using the election processes professional development approach of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections Project (BRIDGE).

During the launch of the high level training of trainers in civic electoral education, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Angola, Dr. Pier Paolo Balladelli underscored the contribution of electoral processes to the country’s democracy and democratic culture. He also emphasized the need for transparency, legitimacy, credibility as well as for all actors to prevent violence.

Trainings have been taking place in the capital Luanda, and in majority of the country’s 167 municipalities, with at least 40 percent of all those trained being women. Youth have also been involved, with the average age of trainees in the municipalities being 21 years old.

 “UNDP’s work is helping Angola put effectively to use its legal provision for national observers and contribute to citizens’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities as voters,” said UNDP Country Director Henrik Fredborg Larsen.

UNDP’s support to the elections is funded with contributions from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the embassies of Norway and the Netherlands in Angola, in addition to UNDP core resources, totalling US$ 760,000.

On 23 August Angolans will be choosing 220 members of the National Assembly with the top candidate of the winning party being selected as President. This is the fourth general election sice 1991.

For more about BRIDGE: http://www.bridge-project.org/en/

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