For the Record: UNDP statement on media reports concerning comments on May 2015 elections

May 19, 2015

UNDP Ethiopia would like to clarify media reports about statements attributed to the organisation with regard to the May 2015 general elections. In line with its mandate, UNDP does not subjectively comment on electoral processes.

On 14 May, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia provided a briefing to UN and international organisations, at which the media was present,  about preparedness for the elections.

In an interview following the presentation, UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative Eugene Owusu was asked to comment on the briefing and UNDP’s support to the election process.

He stated that in seeking to deepen democracy, he found the initiatives mentioned in the briefing relating to public funding for political parties and allocation of free airtime to be good practices that other countries could learn from.

As part of its support to the country on governance and capacity building, UNDP has facilitated experience-sharing visits for National Electoral Board members to other countries focused on good election management practice. In addition, in the run-up to the 2015 elections and following the government’s request, development partners have supported through UNDP, voter education; training for women candidates, domestic election observers and the judiciary; human rights monitoring, and facilitated dialogue between political parties.

As a development organisation working in 166 countries, UNDP captures and shares good practices on several thematic areas in order to promote knowledge sharing and inclusive sustainable development.

For  more information on UNDP’s work in Ethiopia, please visit www.et.undp.org or contact communication.et@undp.org

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