Electoral assistance in Jordan - A project funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP

Brief/Background

 Call center employee responding to the citizen’s enquiries about the elections

 

The establishment of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Jordan in 2012 was a milestone in the political reform process of the country. At the request of the Government, the European Union and UNDP have been assisting the new institution with technical and financial support.  

The overall goal is to help the IEC develop into an institution capable of conducting elections that are a legitimate expression of the people’s will, and that enjoy credibility among citizens. The project recognizes that, while trust in elections is an outcome of many factors, an election management body has an important role to play in building confidence. This includes: developing a cadre of skilled officials, being open and inclusive, regularly communicating and consulting with all its stakeholders, acting consistently in accordance with the rules, and not showing favour to any party or candidate.

In pursuit of this vision, the project provides support to the IEC in the form of technical assistance, comparative international experience, capacity development and training activities, as well as material and procurement support. The project places a premium on national ownership, on adapting electoral advice to the context of Jordan, pursuing sustainable long-term development goals, and coordinating with other assistance providers.

The project consists of a small core team of UNDP-recruited staff as well as short-term advisers as needed. It currently runs until early 2016.

What have we accomplished so far


 

Institution building and capacity development

Supporting the development of the IEC into a credible and professional institution is at the center of the project. Based on a capacity assessment conducted in 2013 after the election, the project proposed a comprehensive capacity development plan for 2014-2016. The project also supports specific training and capacity building events, including through South-South exchanges, such as during state assembly elections in India in December 2013.

Relations with stakeholders

The project is designed to assist the creation of formal and informal liaison mechanisms with external stakeholders, in order to mainstream transparency. This includes the establishment of committees to engage political parties and civil society on a regular basis. The project supported a large-scale voter education exercise for the January 2013 election, including through technical advice and material support. The project helped develop messages and ways to engage particular groups, such as youth and women. The IEC also ran a call center and a media center around the election with the project’s support.

Voter registration

With the project’s technical advice and procurement support, the IEC supervised a completely new voter registration exercise in late 2012. The project continues to help build the capacity of the IEC to manage voter data, including for regular voter registration updates.

Conducting elections

The 2013 election for the Lower House of Parliament was the first in Jordan conducted by an independent election body. Project advisers provided technical advice on a wide range of issues, including innovations to strengthen the integrity of the process, such as the use of pre-printed ballots with security features. The project provided financial support for the procurement of polling materials, as well as for setting up a media monitoring team. Material support was also provided for the by-elections in April and November 2013. The project will assist the IEC in conducting any future elections during the project period.

Legal reform

The Government is engaged in a continuing programme of electoral reform. The IEC is well placed to contribute to such reform efforts, and the project provides technical expertise and support in this regard. For example, the project facilitated an intensive series of discussions on the Commission’s experience in implementing electoral legislation in 2013. The outcome was a comprehensive set of technical recommendations to the Government to improve electoral processes..

Expected outputs



  • Building the institution of the IEC
  • Strengthening trusted liaison mechanisms between the IEC and its external stakeholders
  • Increasing the capacity of IEC to manage the electoral register
  • Enhancing the capacity of the IEC to implement the 2013 parliamentary elections
  • Establishing a workable and credible electoral dispute resolution system
  • Enhancing the participation of political parties in political processes

Who Finances it?

This 4-year electoral support project jointly funded by the European and UNDP. The total resources are as follows:

EU: €4,000,000

UNDP: $200,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Delivery per year
2012  745,461 USD
2013  1,575,067 USD
Project Overview
Status:
active
Project start date:
15 September 2012
Estimated end date:
15 January 2016
Geographic coverage:
Independent Electoral Commission , Amman
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Responsible Party:
UNDP
Implementing Partner:
Independent Electoral Commission
Project Budget:
USD$ 5,339,814
Related documents

Projects Document

Highlights

Info about the Strengthening Electoral Process in Jordan project (phase I) April-December 2012:

 

This project assisted the Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support in Jordan. It focused on:

  • Building the initial capacity of the soon-to-be-created Independent Electoral Commission,
  • Systemizing the interaction between the IEC and stakeholders of the electoral process and candidates.

The support will serve primarily as a start-up of a larger, multi-year project. The objective of the intervention is to allow the IEC and stakeholders reach a preparedness level for them to play their role in the elections and also assist the implementation of electoral support projects

Related Documents
  • Project Document