Lebanese Elections Assistance Project (LEAP)

Overview

Status: Active

Project duration: 01 January 2013-31 December 2019


Background

UNDP Lebanese Elections Assistance Project (LEAP) started its activity in October 2012 with the main objective to strengthen the institutional capacity of the national institutions and stakeholders in terms of electoral management and administration, in accordance with the international standards.

To achieve these objectives, LEAP works closely with the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, which has responsibilities for electoral management, administration and overall electoral operations. The project also supports other electoral stakeholders, such as the Constitutional Council, State Council, Supervisory Commission for Elections and judicial bodies with responsibilities for electoral disputes, electoral campaign monitoring. In addition, the project works in close cooperation with civil society organizations active in the area of elections. 

Within this context, UNDP LEAP is providing electoral technical assistance and advisory support through a multi-component approach focused on the following areas: 

1) Management and Administration of Elections

2) Supervision of Elections

3) Voter Education and Awareness raising initiative

4) Resolution of Electoral Disputes

5) Women’s Participation in Elections

Main Achievements

UNDP LEAP provided technical assistance and advisory support to the Lebanese government to prepare, organize and conduct the 2016 local and 2018 parliamentary elections, in accordance with international standards.

During the preparation for the conduct of these national elections, UNDP LEAP provided worked closely with the electoral management body in Lebanon – the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities - and the Supervisory Commission for Elections (during the parliamentary elections) in key areas such as:

-     Voter registration update

-     Voter education awareness campaigns

-     Candidates and list registration

-     Results management system

-     Electoral operations and logistics

-     Electoral dispute resolution system

-     Training and capacity building

-     Hotline call center

-     Procurement of electoral materials such as ballot boxes and polling booths

-     Accreditation of observers and media

-     Accessibility of data and communication.

In addition, UNDP LEAP supported the Constitutional Council in enhancing its administrative capacities to facilitate their work during the post parliamentary elections period where the council is expecting to receive electoral challenges.

Under the framework of Voter Education, UNDP LEAP developed and produced several awareness campaigns targeting the public at large, women and youth, aiming at encouraging them to participate in elections.

UNDP LEAP also collaborated and partnered with UN agencies and UNDP projects, as well as civil society to enhance women’s participation, as candidates and voters, in elections in an effective way. Under the same context, the project conducted several info sessions targeting women and youth across the country to provide them with information on the new electoral law.

Donors and Contribution

 

Donor

Contribution (Award)

Implementation Period

UNDP

$52,763.21

31 August 2012 – 31 December 2013

USAID

$1,905,097.89

1 September 2012 – 31 March 2014

1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019

UK

$403,877.22

1 October 2012 – 31 December 2015

EU

$9,231,502.38

1 January 2013 – 31 December 2017

1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019

UN Women

$69,498.00

1 November 2017 – 31 May 2018

TOTAL

$11,662,738.70

 

 

 

Related Documents

Project Document

Fact Sheet 2017

 

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