Strengthening Electoral And Legislative Processes

The Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes (SELP) Project seeks to develop more inclusive, and accountable democratic institutions, systems and processes. It improves the supply side of governance by enhancing the capacity of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Senate and Provincial Assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. Moreover, it supports the demand side by developing the capacity of civil society in advocacy and civic engagement. Increasing the representation of women, youth, and minorities, the project informs all aspects of programming.

The Project is structured around two key strands: Electoral Cycle Support to the Election Commission of Pakistan and Strengthening Legislative Institutions.




Project start date:

November 2011

Estimated end date:

September 2022

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Pakistan

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Japan
  • Government Of Norway
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • European Commission
  • Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • United States Agency For International Development (usaid)
  • Australian Agency For International Development (ausaid)
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $633,780

    2020 $1,920,755

    2019 $2,760,265

    2018 $11,668,607

    2017 $4,041,234

    2016 $2,963,799

    2015 $2,721,085

    2014 $2,907,886

    2013 $10,307,998

    2012 $2,616,026

    Main achievements

    • Supported ECP in developing and implementing its (5) Five Years Strategic Plan (2014-2018), with a strategic goal to strengthen the role of women in electoral processes.
    • In anticipation of General Elections 2018, developed and implemented, in collaboration, with support from ECP, the Results Management System (RMS) in 2018 Elections to help improve accuracy and transparency in compiling election results. Procured 1,150 computers, 900 multifunctional printers and 849 internet connections for ECP to support RMS.
    • Designed and established a Geographic Information System (GIS) polling scheme by GIS-mapping of over 90,000 polling stations nationwide.
    • Developed the training curriculum and video. Printed and distributed over Over 493,000 polling staff belonging to all tiers trained in Punjab, Islamabad and Balochistan for General Elections 2018.   
    • Developed Information Education and Communication (IEC) Material for voter education. Printed and distributed 595,000 polling process posters to be displayed at polling stations, over 1.4 million brochures highlighting the polling process for general public and 50,000 RMS brochures and posters for ECP, media, political parties and candidates.  
    • Developed TV and Radio Advert each to air on major TV Channels and Radio Stations for voter education nationwide. 
    • Supported ECP in developing its ‘Women’s National Identity Card (NIC) and Voter Registration Campaign’ Strategy for 2018 General Elections.
    • Working in partnership with CSO, Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) to implement ECP’s ‘Women’s NIC and Voter Registration Campaign’, SELP facilitated 422,322 women NIC registrations.
    • Deployed 77 United Nations Civic and Voter Education Youth Volunteers (UNVs) under three six-month batches to conduct civic and voter education activities in schools, colleges, university campuses and communities, directly engaging over 54,000 individuals all over Pakistan with the aim to promote a more inclusive democratic culture.
    • In partnership with UNESCO, trained 387 journalists and editors and 75 under-graduate students on electoral process and electoral reporting nationwide.
    • Organized consensus building forums on Electoral Reforms in all four provinces in 2017.
    • Trained over 800 legislators on rules of procedure, budget analysis, legislative drafting committee system etc.
    • Supported Senate in developing a new Library and Research Services Facility.
    • With the formation of the new Assemblies after the General Elections 2018 and Senators, UNDP/SELP organized orientations sessions for 88 newly-elected members of the Senate and KP and Balochistan Assemblies.
    • Supported Provincial Assembly of Balochistan to bring 51 amendments to the Assembly’s Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business.

    What's next?

    • Provide support to ECP in conducting Post-Election Review 2018.
    • Provide support in developing ECP's 3rd Five-Year Strategic Plan for Year 2019-23
    • Support ECP in strengthening its institutional capacity through supporting development initiatives for ECP IT, Training and Gender Wings.
    • Take steps to narrow the gap between registered male and female voters and improve voter turnout in the next general elections.
    • Support the Balochistan and KP Provincial Assemblies strengthen their committee systems and build effective oversight mechanisms.
    • Develop strategic plan for the Senate and create mechanisms to strengthen its engagement with Provincial Governments
    • Formation, orientation and capacity-building of SDGs Task Forces, Minority Caucuses and Women Parliamentary Caucuses at Balochistan and KP Provincial Assemblies.
    • Help legislative houses engage with citizens through their parliamentary outreach mechanisms. 


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