Strengthening of the Democratic Process in Egypt
What is the project about?
Elections give people a voice in the democratic process. In Egypt, the electoral process is an essential step in the transition period to consolidate the path to democracy. The purpose of this project is to support national efforts to enhance the credibility and sustainability of electoral institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on capacity development and women’s empowerment. The project is expected to a) strengthen public outreach and voter information on the parliamentary elections; b) strengthen technical and operational capacity of national electoral authorities; c) incorporate lessons learned and best practices of the 2011 elections in the subsequent elections processes; and d) increase access of women and rural dwellers to their citizenship rights.
What have we accomplished so far?
1. The project has witnessed marked improvement in implementation of electoral practices according to international standards as evidenced by:
- Transparent & professional process to update the voters’ database by exhibiting for the first time the voters’ data base for the public to review and by implementing a media campaign in the TV and Radio;
- Polling Station procedures are enhanced to ensure credibility where electoral materials procured include a) badges to ensure the Identification of individuals allowed to enter polling stations; b) Tamper evident bags, tamper evident seals & woven bags used to improve the safety and security of sensitive electoral materials such as ballot papers;
- Decision-making regarding the electoral framework is informed by the increased dialogue and knowledge base on electoral matters, through a series of thematic awareness raising roundtables;
- The appointment of an Official Spokesperson for the High Elections Committee and the launching of campaigns for voter registration and voter information has become a key feature in the electoral calendar;
- Increased knowledge on gender & elections through Bridge trainings of electoral practitioners, opinion leaders, and media;
- A growing community of Electoral Practitioners is now in place and comprising representatives of electoral authorities (the High Elections Committee; the Presidential Elections Committee, the Ministry of Interior, the State Information Services and the Ministry of State for Administrative Development) in addition to political parties.
2. The project also provided international expertise and availed the participation of electoral authorities in international and regional fora for different electoral matters including the updating of the voters database; and roundtables on electoral issues. UNDP also provided standards for electoral materials to improve the safety and security of electoral sensitive materials and supported motivational campaigns including the campaign to update the voters' data base “Update your data, Protect Your Elections”.
3. The implementation of the Women’s Citizenship Initiative in selected governorates resulted in heightened awareness of on the real magnitude of the number of women who are not holders of IDs (5,000,000 women) and the identification of the logistical and administrative challenges to expedite implementation of the initiative. As at February 2014, a total number of 90,000 women have received their National ID cards through the initiative in Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan, Giza, Qalyoubia and Souhag, while 250,000 and more have been registered.
Who finances this project?
Development Partners: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and UNDP
Delivery in previous fiscal year