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 established in National and Provincial Assemblies.
  • SDG Task Forces established in all four provincial assemblies.
  • Over 800 legislators trained on rules of procedure, budget analysis, legislative drafting committee system, etc.
  • Support to Senate in developing bill tracking and IT systems.
  • A voter education campaign before the 2013 General Election reached 40 million people.
  • ECP used tamper-evident bags and collected gender-disaggregated voter data for the first time.
  • Results management system implemented with ECP to improve accuracy and transparency in compiling election results.
  • A Civic and Voter Education Strategy focusing on women and youth developed for ECP.
  • The ECP’s Strategic Plan developed, including a goal to strengthen the role of women in electoral processes.
  • Trained all ECP field and returning officers for Cantonment Board and local government elections.
  • Delimitation Authorities trained for local government elections in Punjab and Sindh.
  • Production of a training video for polling staff for local government elections in Punjab and Sindh.
  • GIS-mapping of over 65,000 polling schemes.
  • Establishment of GIS polling scheme for Islamabad LG elections 2015.
  • Over 1,000 aspiring women candidates in Punjab trained through pilot project.
  • Five briefing papers prepared on electoral reforms on the request of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms.
  • Eighteen research studies commissioned in 2016 to support Parliamentary institutions.
  • About 22 million people reached through voter education for local government elections in KP, Punjab, and Sindh. 

Who Finances it?


Delivery in Previous Year

Delivery for 2016 is USD $3,060,000.

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