EC gives €455,000 to UNDP electoral project [Archives:2003/05/Local News]

February 4 2003

A memorandum of understanding was signed Jan. 18 between the United Nations Development Programmed (UNDP), the European commission Technical Advisory Office (ECTAO), the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referenda (SCER) and the Ministry of Planning and Development (MOPD).
Signed at the SCER office, this agreement follows one signed on Dec. 10 between the UNDP and the European commission to support the Yemeni electoral process.
The EC is give Euro 455,000 to a UNDP electoral project toward the preparation of Yemen’s 2003 parliamentary elections UNDP election work in Yemen.
The UNDP electoral support project, which was officially launched in May 2002, aims at developing and strengthening the capacity of the SCER to organize and deliver free, fair and participatory elections in 2003 and enhance the administration and management of the electoral process.
The main objectives for the initial phase of the project are to:
1)Provide expert technical assistance and advice to the SCER in the preparation and conduct of the2003 elections.
2)Support the professional development, institutional restricting and decentralization processes of the Yemeni society
3)Expand democratic participation in the electoral process, particularly for under-represented segments of the Yemeni society.
4)Ensure greater public information and awareness on the elections.
This is the first agreement concluded between UNDP and EC in the Republic of Yemen.
The memo was signed by Rainer Schierhorst, head of the European Commission technical advisory office, James W. Rawley, the UNDP resident representative, H.E Abdul Rahman Tarmoom, vice-minister of the Ministry of Planning and Development and H.E. Khaled Al- Sharif, the chairman of the Supreme Election Committee and Referendum.