Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes

What is the Project About?

More than 330,000 polling staff were trained for the general elections held in May 2013. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Tehseen Owais

UNDP’s Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes project develops inclusive and accountable governance institutions in Pakistan. It improves the supply side of governance by enhancing the capacity of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Senate, and the National and Provincial Assemblies. On the demand side the project helps civil society improve advocacy and civic engagement. It emphasizes increased representation of women, youth and minorities. The two main activity strands are to provide support to the ECP, and to strengthen legislative institutions.

In Phase I, the project helped the ECP plan and conduct the General Election in May 2013. The project reached out to 51,000 women in 32 districts with low voter turnout through street theatre, providing civic and voter education. In rural communities, 25 student UN Volunteers provided civic education. Over 200 ECP staff were trained in office technology for election management. With DFID, the project used face-to-face engagement to motivate women to vote in in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province local elections on 30 May.

In Phase II, the project has sustained Phase I achievements, addressed challenges, and developed core post-election programming. This includes developing the ECP’s capacity in accordance with its second Five Year Strategic Plan (2014–18); advocating for electoral reform; and continuing civic and voter education campaigns, particularly for women and youth. 

The project strengthens democratic governance to improve the core functions of electoral and legislative institutions and promote inclusive, responsive, credible and transparent processes.  

What Have We Accomplished So Far

  • Women’s parliamentary caucuses were established in the assemblies;
  • Strategic plans were developed to guide MDG task forces in Provincial Assemblies;
  • A Parliamentary Reporters Association was set up;
  • The Youth Parliamentary School and Children’s Parliament have improved parliamentary outreach;
  • Over 500 legislators were trained on rules of procedure, budget analysis, etc.;
  • A voter education campaign before the 2013 General Election reached 40 million people;
  • The ECP used tamper-evident bags and collected gender-disaggregated voter data for the first time;
  • A results management system helped the UNDP and the ECP improve accuracy and transparency in compiling election results;
  • The ECP has developed a Strategic Plan which includes a goal to increase the role of women in electoral processes.

Who Finances it?

Australian Government, European Union, DFID

Delivery in Previous Year

Delivery for 2012 is USD $2,616,000.

Photographs of Elections 2013


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Project start date:
January 2012
Estimated end date:
December 2017
Geographic Coverage:
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Funding Partners
Australian Government, European Union and DFID
Implementation Partners
Election Commission of Pakistan, UN Women and UN Office for Project Services
Assistant Country Director
Amir Khan Goraya
Chief Technical Advisor
James Littleton
Programme Officer
Sabrina Khan
Supporting Democratic Transition in Pakistan
A documentary showcasing UNDP's contributions towards strengthening democratic process in Pakistan
Women Strengthening Democracy
Zahida Bokhari, Assistant Superintendent of Police

In a special initiative, we have prepared a series of profiles highlighting particularly dynamic women involved in the 2013 General Elections. These profiles spotlight empowered women who are strengthening democracy in Pakistan as polling officials, master trainers and trainees of the elections results management system, constables, candidates contesting in elections, senior superintendent of police and many more.

Zameer Akhtar, Master Trainer for Polling Officials

"Our Vote is our voice," says Zameer. Read more about her participation in the General Elections held in May 2013.

Badam Zari, the first female National Assembly Candidate from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

"I decided to serve the people of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the best of my ability," says Badam Zari. Read more about her initiative.

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Civic Education - Four Year Results Logframe

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Senate Elections 2015

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